External or internal radiation?

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Question from Berneil: What determines the decision for external or internal radiation?
Answers - Lydia Komarnicky, M.D. Standard therapy is still considered to be external radiation. Some radiation oncologists may employ the internal or brachytherapy type of radiation, depending upon the circumstance. Whole breast irradiation is still considered standard, and that is the external form of radiation.

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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