Another common part of treatment for breast cancer is radiation. This uses high energy radiation, usually an external beam, to kill cancer cells and reduce the risk of recurrence in the breast, along the chest wall and in the lymph nodes.
Radiation is usually part of your treatment if you have had a lumpectomy and may be recommended to you following a mastectomy. If you have Stage 4 breast cancer, radition may help with symptoms such as bone pain.
Radiation is what we call a localized therapy, so it only treats the area of the body it is used directly on. If cancer cells have spread to other parts of the body from the breast, radition may be used to treat them. Radiation would be given directly to those areas.
On this page, you will find the types of radiation that may be given based on prior treatments, as well as side effects and how to manage them.