Radiation Therapy is a form of local treatment for breast cancer. Radiation
is almost always required after lumpectomy and sometimes is recommended
after mastectomy. Studies have shown that radiation therapy markedly improves
local control of breast cancer and also improves survival rates.
The Huntington Cancer Center Radiation Oncology department is committed
to provide the newest state-of-the-art radiation therapy treatment options
in a caring and compassionate environment.
We have radiation oncologists who specialize in breast cancer treatment
and the most advanced treatment equipment available. Our department is
experienced in external beam radiation as well as breast brachytherapy.
External beam radiotherapy delivers radiation using a linear accelerator.
External beam radiation can deliver partial breast irradiation, whole
breast radiation and radiation to the regional lymphatics as prescribed
by your radiation oncologist. Breast brachytherapy, also known as accelerated
partial breast irradiation (APBI), is delivered with a high dose rate
radiation source that treats the lumpectomy site with a device inserted
into the lumpectomy cavity. Your surgeon and radiation oncologist will
help you chose the radiation option that is best suited for you.
Learn more about different radiation options for breast cancer.
The Huntington Radiation Oncology Department is a team of professionals
to manage your treatment plan. We are staffed with board certified radiation
oncologists, radiation physicists, radiation therapists and radiation
oncology nursing. We work closely together to create a radiation treatment
plan which will reduce radiation exposure to adjacent normal tissue such
as heart and lung.
Learn more about our board certified radiation oncologists.
The Huntington Radiation Oncology Department is committed to supporting
the breast cancer patient and the family throughout treatment and beyond.
Nurse navigators will be supporting you throughout your radiation treatments
and we have an oncology certified dietician available as needed. Our oncology
certified social worker can provide counseling and psychosocial support
and we have a support group for breast cancer patients.
Learn more about the radiation therapy experience at the Huntington Hospital
Breast Cancer Center.