Radiation After Mastectomy

Sometimes radiation is recommended for the chest wall and nearby lymph nodes after mastectomy. The decision for or against radiation is complex and depends on several factors, including

  • The number of involved lymph nodes
  • Tumor size
  • Status of the surgical margins
  • Other individual factors

Depending on a number of personal and clinical factors, the radiation oncologist may use 3-D conformal radiation (3DCRT), intensity modified radiation therapy (IMRT) or active breathing control (ABC) for these radiation treatments.

Radiation to the lymph nodes increases the risk of an abnormal accumulation of fluid, called lymphedema.  To minimize the risk, the Lymphedema Clinic at Beaumont provides information about lymphedema prevention, as well as prompt treatment.

Beaumont’s Radiation Oncology Center is a global leader in innovative radiation therapy for breast cancer. The multidisciplinary oncology team relies on the extraordinary expertise of its highly trained physicians to implement the most effective personalized treatment plan for each patient.

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