Radiation therapy uses high-energy rays or particles to destroy cancer cells. It is often used to treat breast cancer. Your healthcare team will consider your personal needs to plan the type and amount of radiation, and when and how it is given. You may also receive other treatments. Radiation therapy is given for different reasons.
In the past, mammograms were typically printed on large sheets of film. Today, digital mammograms are much more common. Digital images are recorded and saved as files in a computer. For this newer type of mammogram, also known as breast tomosynthesis or digital breast tomosynthesis DBT , each breast is compressed once, and a machine takes many low-dose x-rays as it moves in an arc over the breast. A computer then puts the images together into a series of thin slices.
Can women with early breast cancer skip post-op radiation?
Cancer occurs when changes called mutations take place in genes that regulate cell growth. The mutations let the cells divide and multiply in an uncontrolled way. Breast cancer is cancer that develops in breast cells. Typically, the cancer forms in either the lobules or the ducts of the breast. Lobules are the glands that produce milk, and ducts are the pathways that bring the milk from the glands to the nipple.
No matter who you are or where you live, breast cancer may touch your life. The About Breast Cancer section of this website has the latest information on breast cancer risk factors, screening, diagnosis, treatment, metastatic breast cancer, survivorship and more. Learn about breast cancer basics, including warning signs, statistics and information for women and men with breast cancer. Learn about breast cancer screening tests, when to get screened and what to do if you find a lump or change in your breast. Learn about biopsies and understanding your breast cancer diagnosis, including factors that affect prognosis and guide treatment.