Radiation as a precaution?

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Question from AnnieP: Would it not be beneficial to irradiate both breasts as a precautionary measure?
Answers - Lydia Komarnicky, M.D. No. Radiation only works where there are potentially cancer cells, or where we know there are cancer cells. In addition, the side effects do not warrant treating the other breast if there are no signs of cancer or no history of cancer in that breast.

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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