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Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer is commonly treated with radiation therapy.  The technology we use and the number of treatments depends on how advanced the cancer is (stage) and what type of symptoms you have (if any). 

 

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with breast cancer, click the link below to request a consultation with a Coastal Radiation Oncologist.

  • Typical Treatments

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  • What To Expect

    Once your doctors have determined that radiation therapy may be part of the treatment plan for your Breast Cancer, there will be a few steps to allow the radiation oncology team to begin treatment safely. 

     

    These include:

     


     - CT simulation

     - Treatment plan design (dosimetry)

     - Verification

     - Start of daily treatments

     - Weekly doctor visits with your radiation oncologist

  • Side Effects

    Short term:

     

    Many people do not develop significant side effects during radiation treatment.  If you are considering radiation therapy as part of your cancer treatment, it is important to know what side effects are possible so you can make a good decision about the treatment that is right for you.

    More likely

    • Skin irritation, redness, peeling

    • Fatigue

    • Swelling, itchiness, pain, tenderness

    • Muscle tightening

     

    Less likely

    • Arm Swelling

    • Sore Throat

    • Shortness of Breath/Cough

     

    Long term:

     

    After the short-term side effects of radiation therapy resolve, others may become noticeable months or years later.

    More likely

    • Darkening/thickening of skin

    • Scar tissue

    • Arm swelling

    • Breast size change

    • Shortness of Breath/Cough

     

    Less likely

    • Heart Problem

    • Rib fracture

    • Second cancer

  • More Information

    For more information about the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, please visit the following websites:

     RT Answers   
    https://www.rtanswers.org/Cancer-Types/Breast-Cancer

    American Cancer Society

    https://www.cancer.org/cancer/breast-cancer.html

    Cancer.Net

    https://www.cancer.net/cancer-types/breast-cancer

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