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Radiation options for breast cancer treatment
Radiation options for breast cancer treatment

Radiation plays a significant role in treating patients with breast cancer, but there are more options now that can reduce the time spent in therapy or the amount of healthy tissue treated. Dr. Maria C. E. Jacobs, director of radiation oncology at Mercy Medical Center, explains some new techniques and their benefits. What is the benefit of using radiation on breast cancer patients and what does it typically entail? We use radiation in patients with early-stage breast cancers after lumpectomy (breast conserving treatment); we also use radiation after mastectomy and in patients with locally advanced disease. The benefit of radiation is to improve local control by killing or eradicating...