How long is a radiation treatment for breast cancer? A common treatment schedule (course) historically has included one radiation treatment a day, five days a week (usually Monday through Friday), for five or six weeks. This course is still commonly used in people who require radiation to the lymph nodes.
How long does it take to recover from breast radiation treatment? Skin reactions from radiation therapy are usually strongest 1 or 2 weeks after you finish radiation therapy and then start to heal. It often takes 3 to 4 weeks for skin reactions to heal. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact your radiation oncologist or nurse.
What are the most common side effects of radiation therapy for breast cancer?
- Swelling in the breast.
- Skin changes in the treated area similar to a sunburn (redness, skin peeling, darkening of the skin)
What is the success rate of radiation therapy for breast cancer? Radiation therapy decreased the risk of dying from cancer by approximately 33%. The probability of surviving 10 years from treatment was increased from 54% to 64% and 45% to 54% in the two studies, respectively. No significant long-term side effects of radiation therapy were reported.