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Breast Cancer

IMRT for breast cancer at sylvester comrephensive cancer centerRadiation therapy plays an important role in the treatment of breast cancer. The usual course of radiation involves treatment five days a week for six to seven-and-a-half weeks. Patients with very early stages of breast cancer may be treated for only five days following tumor removal by high dose rate implantation techniques.

New techniques focus on targeting breast cancer cells and avoiding areas of normal tissue to decrease toxic side effects. These techniques include intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and 3-D conformal therapy.

Clinical trials of partial breast radiation are now underway to determine if this procedure is as effective as whole-breast radiation. UHealth radiation oncologists are using the Mammosite system for partial breast irradiation and are investigating whether IMRT can be used to accomplish the same end. The Mammosite system is a way of delivering radiation from within the surgical cavity after the tumor is removed and treating a small ring of surrounding tissue, rather than the entire breast. Treatments are given twice daily for five days using a single radioactive source placed temporarily within the breast.

Cristiane Takita, M.D., is the UHealth physician directly responsible for treating the majority of our breast patients. She participates in multidisciplinary discussions of treatment options and carries out radiation treatments. As our Mammosite expert, she works closely with UHealth breast surgeons to determine when this option is appropriate for any given patient.

To learn more, please visit the Breast Cancer Library.