Radiation oncologists use radiation for patients with breast cancer to destroy cancer cells, reduce their growth or to relieve symptoms. Radiation therapy treatment is usually used for women who have had breast-conserving surgery (lumpectomy) and sometimes after a mastectomy.
There are many different radiation therapy techniques that may be suitable for your breast cancer. The treatment you receive will depend on the size and stage of your cancer, your age and general health. Most importantly our doctors will ensure that, with your input, a personalised plan is developed which meets your own individualised medical and social needs.
Although radiation was traditionally given over five to six weeks, for many patients who have had breast-conserving surgery (lumpectomy) the treatment time can be reduced to three to four weeks or even shorter for selected patients.