Questions, doctor, I have questions

courage

The conversation between you and your doctor when she tells you that you have breast cancer is life-changing. Sometimes that conversation takes place in person; sometimes it’s over the phone.

For most (not all, but most) patients, decisions on next steps do not need to be made immediately. Breast cancer is often slow-growing with a 5-to-10 year median survival rate following only surgical  intervention.

Continue reading “Questions, doctor, I have questions”

Breast cancer treatment: radiation therapy

radiation

Radiation therapy (also called radiotherapy) uses high-energy rays to kill cancer cells that may still exist after surgery. It is a local, targeted treatment.

The goal is to destroy undetectable cancer cells in a localized area, which should reduce the risk of cancer recurrence. Your treatment will be overseen by a radiation oncologist, a cancer doctor who specializes in radiation therapy.

Continue reading “Breast cancer treatment: radiation therapy”