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64

NCCN Guidelines for Patients

®

Breast Cancer - Early-Stage

(STAGES I AND II)

, Version 1.2016

5

Radiation therapy

Review

Review

• The number of axillary lymph nodes is used

to decide which sites need radiation therapy

after lumpectomy. Most women receive at

least whole breast radiation.

• The number of axillary lymph nodes and

sometimes other factors are used to decide

which sites need radiation therapy after

mastectomy. Radiation is advised if cancer is

present in four or more nodes.

• External beam radiation therapy is the most

common type of radiation treatment for breast

cancer.

• Radiation can cause your skin to feel

sunburned and you to feel tired despite getting

sleep.