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Internal Radiation: Breast Cancer

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Internal radiation is radiation delivered by radioactive material inserted into the body as a liquid which runs through the entire body, or as a solid placed in or near a tumor. There are several types of internal radiation therapy in use today. Brachytherapy and Intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT) (radiation delivered directly to a specific cancer area during an operation). This article only deals with brachytherapy. Brachytherapy is the insertion of tiny amounts of radioactive material temporarily placed into or near the tumor.  Before your first session, there will be a planning session. It is advisable to take a family member of friend with you to the meeting to help ask questions, recap what was said after the meeting, and to provide emotional support.

There are do's and don'ts to be aware of during treatment.

Side effects during treatment are controllable. There may also be long term side effects. Long term side effects from radiation treatment for breast cancer may be different than those for other tumor types.

For additional information see: Radiation Treatment In General

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