Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer
For about half of all breast cancer patients, radiation therapy will be an important part of their treatment regimen. We offer leading-edge technologies to eliminate cancer while preserving healthy tissue. The type of therapy used will depend on your diagnosis.
MammoSite® radiation therapy
The Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute offers an innovative treatment called MammoSite® therapy. MammoSite is an internal radiation treatment that precisely targets the tissue where the tumor is located and delivers a high dose of radiation to the tumor bed via a balloon catheter. Patients with early stage breast cancer may be eligible for this type of brachytherapy. Advantages include:
Reduced radiation exposure to the heart, lungs, skin and ribs
Fewer side effects
Shorter course of therapy—five days instead of five to six weeks
Our radiation oncologists have treated hundreds of patients with MammoSite therapy, making us one of the most experienced teams in the region.
External beam radiation
We also offers external beam radiation, which delivers radiation externally via a linear accelerator. This type of therapy can be used after lumpectomy and sometimes mastectomy. Using intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) techniques; our doctors can conform or shape the radiation to the specific tumor size.
You can have confidence in our team
Our physicians, technicians, dosimetrists, and physicists monitor you closely to ensure you receive the correct dose at the right time in the right place. Our radiation oncologists work closely with medical and surgical technicians to give you the benefit of a team approach—a team which also includes social workers, dietitians, and nurses.