If you're struggling to find what you need, call our Support line on 7 days a week, 8am-8pm. You may be given radiotherapy to reduce the risk of breast cancer coming back in the breast, chest or lymph nodes. Radiotherapy uses high-energy x-rays to destroy cancer cells.
Radiation therapy is a form of cancer treatment that uses high energyX-rays to kill cancer cells while minimizing damage to healthy cells. When used for breast cancer treatmentradiation is delivered to the affected breast and, in some cases, to the lymph nodes under the arm or at the collarbone. Radiation therapy is usually given after a lumpectomy and sometimes after a mastectomy to reduce the risk of local recurrence of breast cancer.
Radiation oncologists like Melissa Zinovoy develop a personalized treatment plan for each woman with breast cancer that takes in to account the precise size and location of the disease. Radiation therapy uses high-energy x-rays to destroy cancer cells. At Memorial Sloan Kettering, we use radiation therapy in many different situations for women with breast cancer.
Radiotherapy uses high energy x-rays to kill cancer cells. Find out what happens at your planning appointment before external radiotherapy for breast cancer. Find out about the side effects of external radiotherapy to the breast and how to cope with them. Find out about what happens when you have radiotherapy from inside the breast and about possible side effects.
Skip to Content. Use the menu to see other pages. This section explains the types of treatments that are the standard of care for early-stage and locally advanced breast cancer.
Back to Breast cancer in women. You may have one of these treatments, or a combination. The type or combination of treatments you have will depend on how the cancer was diagnosed and the stage it's at.
External beam radiation uses high-powered beams of energy to kill cancer cells. Beams of radiation are precisely aimed at the cancer using a machine that moves around your body. Radiation therapy for breast cancer uses high-energy X-rays, protons or other particles to kill cancer cells.
What is radiotherapy? When radiotherapy is given 3. Which areas are treated? How long will radiotherapy last?