Here are the main ways radiation therapy is used to treat breast cancer. Intraoperative radiation might be an option for older women who live in regions with poor access to health services. Several large randomized trials have compared a 6-week course to a 3- to 4-week course of whole breast treatment and found that the two treatment approaches are equivalent in terms of cancer control.
Anna Likhacheva does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Adjuvant radiation therapy for women with newly diagnosed, non-metastatic breast cancer.
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