After a mastectomy, your doctor may suggest radiation therapy for the chest wall and often nearby lymph node areas. Whether or not radiation therapy should be used after removal of your breast depends on several factors. These factors include the number of lymph nodes involved, tumor size, and whether or not cancer cells were found near the edge of the tissue that was removed. Many patients who have a mastectomy can safely skip radiation therapy. Ask your doctor for more information.
For women undergoing reconstruction, post-mastectomy radiation may affect your options for reconstruction or the cosmetic outcome. Discuss with your surgeon and radiation oncologist to learn more.