Radiation therapy is given to most patients who have a lumpectomy for breast cancer, to kill cancer cells or prevent them from reproducing or spreading, reducing the risk of recurrence. Whole breast irradiation uses a radiation source outside the body to treat the cancer site, typically involving daily treatments for five days per week over a six- to seven-week period.
You may be a candidate for alternatives to whole breast radiation treatment known as partial breast irradiation or breast brachytherapy, which delivers radiation to the breast tissue surrounding the lumpectomy cavity rather than to the entire breast.
Along with these standard treatment options, each patient is carefully evaluated to determine if other, leading edge, treatment options are available through our Cancer Research Institute. We maintain a continuously updated menu of the latest treatments and ideas available only through clinical trials so we can offer our patients the latest breakthroughs in cancer treatment, and more reasons for hope.