Breast Health Center

Radiation

Radiation therapy is the use of high-energy X-rays to kill cancer cells. Generally, if you have had breast-sparing surgery (lumpectomy), you will receive radiation therapy. In some cases, radiation is given after a mastectomy. The surgeon will remove all of the cancerous cells that can be seen or felt; radiation destroys any cancer cells that cannot be seen or felt and that may be left in the breast after surgery.

Your radiation oncologist develops a specific plan that directs the radiation to where your cancer is or was. It is considered a local treatment.

You will receive specific information on radiation therapy at the time of consultation with your radiation oncologist. Radiation therapy is generally scheduled for five days a week (Monday through Friday) for six to seven weeks. Daily treatment times vary, but most appointments last about 15 minutes.

Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare Network

This site is part of the Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare network of Web sites, which covers a variety of topics using the same philosophy: When it comes to medical care, we know that you have a lot of options. And we want you to know that you're more than a patient to us. You're an individual. We would appreciate the opportunity to provide you with state-of-the-art medical care and down-to-earth, personalized attention.

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