What are the side effects of radiation treatment for breast cancer?
- Skin reactions.
- Swelling of the breast.
- Pain in the breast or chest area.
- Hair loss in the armpit.
- Sore throat.
- Tiredness and fatigue.
- Change in breast shape, size and colour.
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.
Is radiation therapy painful for breast cancer? The radiation treatment procedure is painless, but it may cause some skin discomfort over time. When treating early-stage breast cancer, radiation therapy is often given after surgery. Surgery is done to remove the cancer, and radiation is done to destroy any cancer cells that may remain after surgery.
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.