Radiation Therapy and Breast Cancer

Hester Hill Schnipper, LICSW, OSW-C Program Manager, Oncology Social Work

SEPTEMBER 11, 2017

As many of you know, radiation therapy is often part of the treatment plan for early breast cancer. Paired with a wide excision/lumpectomy or after a mastectomy, radiation can destroy any remaining cancer cells in or near the breast. Radiation is also used in the treatment of metastatic breast cancer. Then, it is commonly directed at lesions in bones or, as targeted therapy/CyberKnife, at mets in other organs or the brain.

If you are living with some other kind of cancer, this webinar from Living Beyond Breast Cancer may still be of interest. After all, radiation that is aimed at the prostate or leg or wherever is still radiation with the same side effects and concerns. Radiation side effects are localized and related specifically to the targeted body part. For breast radiation, the side effects are generally limited to skin burning and fatigue. People who have, for example, radiation directed at the throat have a lot more trouble as the internal burning can make swallowing impossible. Women who receive radiation for GYN cancers often have stomach and bowel issues. Etc.

Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer

September 12th 12:00-1:00 PM ET 
September 12, 2017

12:00pm to 01:00pm
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September 12, 2017
12:00pm to 01:00pm
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During this free webinar you will learn about the different types of radiation therapy and what you can expect from treatment. Our guest speaker will discuss practical tips for coping with side effects such as skin changes fatigue and swelling and soreness in the area. While radiation therapy is often associated with treatment for early-stage breast cancer, we will also talk about the role it can play in treatment for those living with metastatic breast cancer.

Read more and register: http://www.lbbc.org/programs-events/radiation-therapy-breast-cancer

Above content provided by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. For advice about your medical care, consult your doctor.