Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer
Facts About Breast Cancer
- Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in American women, according to the American Cancer Society.
- This year, 230,480 women and 2,140 men will learn they have breast cancer.
- Another 57,650 women will learn they have noninvasive (also called in situ) breast cancer.
- Breast cancer can often be cured.
- About 80 percent of all patients with breast cancer live at least 10 years after their diagnosis.
Concerned About Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer?
Patients are encouraged to have important conversations with your radiation oncologist:
- Discuss all previous radiation exposure and the doses being recommended in your treatment plan.
- Discuss any family history of cardiovascular disease and pre-existing heart disease.
- Discuss the benefits and risks of all treatment options such as mastectomy, lumpectomy, radiation and chemotherapy to find the right treatment option for you.
Seek a second opinion, including opinions from a radiation oncologist, before making a decision. This is a vital step in allowing you to hear another perspective about your possible treatment options.