When radiotherapy is used

When radiation therapy is used after surgery, it is called adjuvant treatment. For example, a woman may have radiation therapy after breast conserving surgery. She can be cured of her cancer and still keep her breast.

When is radiation therapy used after surgery?

When radiation therapy is used after surgery, it is called adjuvant treatment. For example, a woman may have radiation therapy after breast conserving surgery. She can be cured of her cancer and still keep her breast.

What is radiation therapy and how is it used?

Radiation therapy may be used to cure cancer, to relieve a cancer patient’s pain or alleviate other symptoms. Preparation for radiation therapy is focused on targeting the radiation dose to the cancer as precisely as possible to minimize side effects and avoid damaging normal cells.

What is radiation in cancer treatment?

Radiation therapy is a type of cancer treatment that uses beams of intense energy to kill cancer cells. Radiation therapy most often uses X-rays, but protons or other types of energy also can be used. The term “radiation therapy” most often refers to external beam radiation therapy.

What is radiation therapy external beam?

Radiation therapy External beam radiation uses high-powered beams of energy to kill cancer cells. Beams of radiation are precisely aimed at the cancer using a machine that moves around your body.

Can radiation therapy be taken before or after surgery?

In this case, it’s often given along with chemotherapy. Many doctors now favor giving radiation therapy before surgery, as it may make it easier to remove the cancer, especially if the cancer’s size and/or location might make surgery difficult. In either case, nearby lymph nodes are usually treated too.

Is radiation therapy safe after breast cancer treatment?

You are not radioactive after treatment, so it is safe to be around other people, including children. Radiation therapy for breast cancer may be delivered in two ways: External radiation. A machine delivers radiation from outside your body to the breast. This is the most common type of radiation therapy used for breast cancer.

How soon after prostatectomy can I start radiation therapy?

Timing of radiation therapy after prostatectomy It is best to wait at least 3 months after surgery if possible before starting the radiation, in order to give a chance for full healing.  It is good for the urinary control to be as good as it’s going to get before starting radiation.

Is a tattoo needed for radiation therapy?

After determining the best location for radiation treatment, your treatment team will then mark the area with a very small tattoo. This tattoo is usually the size of a freckle. In certain cases, a permanent tattoo is not needed. You’re now ready to begin radiation therapy.