Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer

What is Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer?

Radiation therapy for breast cancer uses high levels of radiation to kill cancerous cells i...

How does it help?

The radiation therapy is considered the most reliable mode of treatment for breast cancer along with surgery. It is an effective treatment to remove cancer cells, at every stage...

How is it done?

What are the benefit and risks of this procedure?

This minimally invasive treatment effectively treats breast cancer, but as any other radiation therapy, it comes with a few disadvantages that a patient must be aware of.

The advantages of the treatment are:

  • The treatment kills the cancerous cells.
  • It reduces the chance of cancer cells to spread.
  • It is also helpful in reducing pain.
  • It is often used with chemotherapy to treat remaining cancer cel...

Common risks of the treatment include weakness, skin reaction, swelling in the breasts, and different skin sensation. Rare symptoms include swelling of the arms, a fracture in the rib, swelling in the lungs, heart risk, and even bone and muscle cancer.

It causes damage to the surrounding tissues. Sometimes one session of the radiation therapy is not sufficient to kill all the tumour cells, and therefore, subsequent sessions might be required.

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