This is Dr. DavidI am a radiation oncology doctorI give radiation therapy for patients who have breast cancerthere are different ways to give radiation.the two major types are whole breast radiation and partial breast radiationhave you had surgery for your breast cancer yet?
can you tell me more about your breast cancer type? and the stage of your breast cancer?
This is Dr. David
proton radiation therapy is not used for breast cancer.
Proton therapy is not new. it has been around since the 1970s and is used mainly for pediatric cases and for brain tumors.
it is not used for breast cancer.
Radiation for your breast is used after your breast cancer has been cut out.
traditional whole breast radiation therapy with photon radiation for 5 weeks has been used since the 1970s and has a very good track record of decrease chances of your cancer from coming back.
it is so good, that you don't need to have a mastectomy. you can have lumpectomy and breast radiation and have the same chances for survival and local recurrence as mastectomy.
Partial breast radiation is newer and is still being studied in human trial research.
it is a faster course of treatment, but only part of the breast is receiving radiation therapy. partial breast radiation therapy should only be used in certain situation
that is why I asked you what type of breast cancer you have and what stage of your breast cancer.