Partial breast radiation

This is a new standard treatment option for selected patients with early stage breast cancer. Recent studies have shown that some women with breast cancer may be treated with a special type of radiation delivered twice per day for five days, for a total of 10 treatments. A surgeon places a device into the breast at the time of lumpectomy or shortly thereafter. Once the final pathology report is reviewed, the patient comes to the radiation department, and treatment is delivered in the morning and afternoon for five days. The painless delivery of radiation treatment takes about 10 minutes. We have offered partial breast radiation at Providence for seven (change this to 11) years, and our results are comparable to or better than nationally reported outcomes with this technology. This type of treatment is typically reserved for patients with a low risk of recurrence (small tumor, no lymph node involvement, negative surgical margins).