You are here: Home Managing Your ... Breast Cancer Breast Cancer In ... If Radiation Is ...
Information about all aspects of finances affected by a serious health condition. Includes income sources such as work, investments, and private and government disability programs, and expenses such as medical bills, and how to deal with financial problems.
Information about all aspects of health care from choosing a doctor and treatment, staying safe in a hospital, to end of life care. Includes how to obtain, choose and maximize health insurance policies.
Answers to your practical questions such as how to travel safely despite your health condition, how to avoid getting infected by a pet, and what to say or not say to an insurance company.

Breast Cancer In Situ: Managing Your Medical Care: Diagnosis To Treatment Decision

If Radiation Is Recommended.

Next » « Previous


Radiation is the use of high-energy rays to damage cancer cells. It is a local treatment like surgery that only affects cancer cells in the treated area.  

Cancer cells are vulnerable to radiation, because the energy disrupts cellular growth. Unlike healthy cells, cancer cells cannot repair themselves. Once they are damaged by the radiation, they will be killed off.

External beam radiation therapy is the type of radiation used with breast cancer.  Protocols vary from 3 to 6 weeks. 

If radiation is used after breast cancer surgery, it is generally delayed for about 4 weeks to permit the site to heal.

Potential side effects which occur during treatment are: fatigue, swelling, heaviness in the breast, skin redness, tenderness in the breast and (if radiation is administered to the armpit area) lymphedema (swelling of the arm.) 

To learn more about radiation, and for information on how to minimize the side effects, see the documents in To Learn More.

Please share how this information is useful to you. 0 Comments


Post a Comment Have something to add to this topic? Contact Us.

Characters remaining:

  • Allowed markup: <a> <i> <b> <em> <u> <s> <strong> <code> <pre> <p>
    All other tags will be stripped.