A: Dr. Harness Answers the Question

In this clip, Jay Harness, MD, FACS explains the different types of radiation therapy.

The different types of radiation therapy depend on the amount of breast area that's been treated, so one type is whole breast radiation therapy. A second type is partial breast radiation therapy, and then there are times we have to treat the lymph nodes, where the lymph nodes were and up here above the collar bone, because these are areas with a high positive count of lymph nodes that the cancer could recur.

Most of the time, radiation therapy is called adjunctive therapy. It's an addition to chemotherapy, surgery, and it adds on to the benefit of those other two treatments. Whole breast radiation therapy typically takes six weeks. The first five weeks, the whole breast is being treated and then there's a bruise to the area where the cancer was.

Partial breast radiation therapy can be done by putting a device in the breast that gives ten treatments over five days, twice a day, or another type of partial breast radiation therapy is called 'intraoperative radiation therapy'. The intraoperative radiation therapy can be done as a single one-time treatment or it can be done as a boost and then followed by the radiation therapy of the breast.

So remember, these are adjunctive therapies. These are in addition to surgery and possibly chemotherapy, and are all designed to help with what's called 'local regional control of the cancer.

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\f0\fs24 \cf0 >>> DR. JAY K. HARNESS: \f1 The different types of radiation therapy
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depend on the amount of breast area that\'92s been treated, so one type is whole breast
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radiation therapy. A second type is partial breast radiation therapy, and then there are
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times we have to treat the lymph nodes, where the lymph nodes were and up here above the
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collar bone, because these are areas with a high positive count of lymph nodes that
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the cancer could recur. \ \pard\tx2367\pardeftab720\ri720\qj
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\cf0 \ Most of the time, radiation therapy is called
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adjunctive therapy. It\'92s an addition to chemotherapy, surgery, and it adds on to the
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benefit of those other two treatments. Whole breast radiation therapy typically takes six
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weeks. The first five weeks, the whole breast is being treated and then there\'92s a bruise
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to the area where the cancer was. \ \
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Partial breast radiation therapy can be done by putting a device in the breast that gives
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ten treatments over five days, twice a day, or another type of partial breast radiation
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therapy is called \'91intraoperative radiation therapy\'92. The intraoperative radiation
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therapy can be done as a single one-time treatment or it can be done as a boost and then followed
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by the radiation therapy of the breast. \ \
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So remember, these are adjunctive therapies. These are in addition to surgery and possibly
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chemotherapy, and are all designed to help with what\'92s called \'91local regional control
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of the cancer\'92. \ \
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