Future radiation to another body part?

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Question from Lisa: I've read that once you've received radiation, you cannot have it again, even on a different part of the body. Is this true, and why?
Answers - Lydia Komarnicky, M.D. No, this is not true. If you get radiation to one breast, you can still get radiation if needed to the other breast or any other part of the body. In rare situations, some patients may be able to have re-irradiation to a breast that has been previously treated.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Radiation Therapy Updates featured Lydia T. Komarnicky, M.D. and Marisa Weiss, M.D. answering your questions about advances in radiation therapy: the newest and best techniques, combining radiation therapy with other treatments, ways to manage, reduce or eliminate side effects, and more.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in March 2004.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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