Every patient who undergoes breast-conserving treatment requires to undergo radiation therapy treatment. However, every patient who has a mastectomy (removal of the breast) may not require radiation therapy.
In a patient who has had a mastectomy the decision to radiate the chest-wall is made on the final report (stage and extent of the disease).HOW IS RADIATION THERAPY ADMINISTERED?
Radiation therapy is administered on a daily basis. It usually consists of a course of fractions that are given five days a week, for 4-6 weeks. This period allows the total dose of radiation to be administered. It is given using specialised equipment.
Occasionally it may be delivered using some needles that are put in the breast.