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Radiation therapy has a long history in the treatment of breast cancer. It is used in most patients undergoing breast conservation. Breast conservation is the treatment of choice for most early stage breast patients in the U.S. today.
Radiation therapy is also used in patients following mastectomy (breast removal) if certain "high risk" features are identified.
In several clinical trials, radiation has been found to not only reduce the chance of local recurrence, but also improve patient survival.
These techniques include:
Whole breast radiation therapy (fig 1)
Partial breast irradiation (PBI) (fig 2&3)
The following UCLA Radiation Oncologists specialize in treatment of breast cancer:
|Joanne B. Weidhaas, MD, MS, PhD||Susan A. McCloskey, MD, MSHS||John V. Hegde, MD|
|Michael L. Steinberg, MD||David J. Demanes, MD|