Breast cancer can be treated in a variety of ways including surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. Radiation therapy for breast cancer is not a single treatment, but refers to several different types of therapies. External beam radiation therapy includesseveral precise, non-invasive procedures that target tumors in the breast. Internal radiation therapy can also be used for breast cancer by placing a dose of radiation directly into the tumor.
Radiation therapy treats cancer by damaging the cells within the tumor, preventing them from reproducing and spreading. In many cases, the tumor shrinks over time.
Radiation therapy for breast cancer includes:
Radiation therapy for breast cancer may be used on its own or in conjunction with other types of treatments. For example, radiation treatment may be used prior to surgery or chemotherapy to shrink a tumor. Radiation treatment can also be used after surgery to ensure that no cancerous cells remain.
At Blue Ridge Radiation Oncology, we are dedicated to providing personalized, quality care for you. Our doctors will determine the right type of treatment for you, and will carefully plan all aspects of your treatment. Our team is committed to your continued health after treatment, and offers top-notch support during and after recovery.