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Radiation Therapy

Radiation treatments are used to kill breast cancer cells. Radiation can be given externally or internally. Learn how radiation works, and what side effects may occur.

What Are Radiation Tattoos?
Before having breast radiation, you may need to have skin markings or radiation tattoos created on your breast skin. Radiation tattoos are permanent, but some patients may have temporary skin markings instead. Learn more about radiation tattoos here.

What Is a Radiation Boost For Breast Cancer?
A radiation boost may be given at the end of routine radiation treatments for early stage breast cancer. Your breast radiation boost help prevent the recurrence of breast cancer. Learn more about a radiation boost here.

Members of Your Radiation Oncology Team
Members of your radiation oncology team work with you to prevent a recurrence or shrink an existing breast tumor. Radiation oncology team members coordinate your dose and care while you are having breast radiation treatments. Learn more about your radiation oncology team here.

External Breast Radiation Treatment Methods
External beam breast radiation may be done in several different ways. External breast radiation helps prevent recurrence of breast cancer, or slows the growth of cancer. Learn more about external beam breast radiation methods here.

Image Guidance for Radiotherapy Boosts Accuracy of Treatments
Image Guidance for Radiotherapy (IGRT) may be used to plan your partial breast radiation treatments. Some types of Image Guidance for Radiotherapy use X-ray energy, while others use ultrasound. Learn more about Image Guidance for Radiotherapy for breast cancer here.

External Beam Partial Breast Radiation Prevents Recurrence
External Beam Partial Breast Radiation – EBPBI - targets a small area of breast tissue and limits radiation to healthy cells. As part of treatment to prevent breast cancer recurrence, External Beam Partial Breast Radiation may be needed after a lumpectomy. Learn more about External Beam Partial Breast Radiation here.

Whole Breast Radiation
Whole breast radiation (WBI) is the most common type of external beam treatment for breast cancer. Whole breast radiation helps prevent recurrence or treat existing breast tumors. You may need whole breast radiation after a lumpectomy or mastectomy. Learn more about whole breast radiation here.

Breast Brachytherapy Methods
Breast brachytherapy uses tiny tubes to deliver radiation from within your breast. There are two main methods of breast brachytherapy. Breast brachytherapy takes only 5 days instead of 6 weeks for external beam radiation. Learn more about breast brachytherapy here.

10 Radiation Treatment Myths, Part 1
Radiation treatments can be life-saving or they can be downright scary. Some patients refuse to have radiation treatments because they cling to certain myths about the health effects. Learn about 10 myths of radiation treatments here.

What Is A Brachytherapy Seed?
A brachytherapy seed is a basic part of brachytherapy treatments for cancer. Radiation can be delivered inside the body using a brachytherapy seed. Learn more about brachytherapy seeds here.

Axxent Electronic Brachytherapy
Most breast brachytherapy techniques use a radioactive seed to treat early-stage breast cancer . The Axxent Electronic Brachytherapy (eBx) treatment system uses a tiny X-ray source of 50 kilovolts instead of a pellet of Iridium-192. Your breast still gets the radiation treatment that you need to prevent recurrence, but you skip the radioactive isotopes. Axxent is being tested in Phase 4 clinical…

Contura Multi-Lumen Balloon for Breast Brachytherapy
Contura is a balloon catheter breast brachytherapy device used to treat early-stage breast cancer with internal radiation. Contura breast brachytherapy has mild side effects and is effective at preventing breast cancer recurrence. Learn more about Contura breast brachytherapy here.

Interstitial Brachytherapy For Early-Stage Breast Cancer
Interstitial brachytherapy is a radiation treatment method that uses tiny seeds of radioactive material to target your tumor area from within your breast. Interstitial brachytherapy is used to treat several kinds of cancer: prostate, gynecological, and breast cancer. Interstitial brachytherapy treats cancer right at its source. Learn more...

MammoSite Breast Brachytherapy
MammoSite breast brachytherapy is an alternative radiation treatment to external beam radiation of the breast. MammoSite breast brachytherapy takes 5 days to completely treat early stage breast cancer with radiation after a lumpectomy. Learn more about MammoSite breast brachytherapy here.

SAVI Breast Brachytherapy Device
After a lumpectomy,, you may need radiation treatments to kill off any possible remaining cancer cells. Radiation is done to help prevent a recurrence, or return, of breast cancer. Brachytherapy, or internally-delivered radiation, is a technique that spares healthy tissue and treats only the tissue around your tumor cavity.

How does Radiation Work on Breast Cancer?
Cancer cells grow and divide much more quickly than healthy cells, and their internal functions are not well organized. This makes them more susceptible to damage from radiation treatment, and therefore less able to repair themselves and recover. There are two methods of radiation treatment, and some side effects you should know about.

Balloon Catheter Radiation - Accelerated Partial Breast Radiation
External beam radiation for breast cancer treatment usually takes 5 to 7 weeks. A new kind of brachytherapy (internal beam radiation) takes only 5 to 7 days, with great effectiveness and fewer side effects. Read about balloon catheter radiation and how it may benefit you.

DVS – Dose Verification System for Prevention of Radiation Burns
A tiny implanted dosimeter can help prevent excess radiation to your breast, saving you from burns and preserving healthy tissue. It is part of the DVS – Dose Verification System. Learn how this technology can benefit you, if you're having radiation therapy for breast cancer.

What Are Radiation Port Films?
Port films are part of your radiation treatment planning and routine treatments. Port films help ensure accuracy of radiation treatments. Learn more about port films here.

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