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Additional, Specialized Radiation Not Necessary for Some Women After Mastectomy
Date:11/2/2009

ewly-diagnosed with stage 1 or 2 breast cancer who had undergone a mastectomy, or surgery to remove a breast. Patients had either cancer that had spread to the axillary lymph nodes or their original tumor was in an internal, central location in the breast area. While all patients received radiation to the chest wall and supraclavicular lymph nodes, one-half of the patients were randomized to also receive the specialized IMC radiation treatment.

After 10 years, researchers found no significant differences in survival rates between the group who received IMC radiation treatment (63 percent) and those who did not (60 percent). The study also found no differences in survival for patients in the study who were analyzed in subgroups. These groups included whether or not their cancer had spread to their lymph nodes, where their original tumor was located, and whether they also underwent chemotherapy or hormone therapy at the same time they had radiation treatment.

For more information on radiation therapy for breast cancer, visit www.rtanswers.org.

The abstract, "Ten Years Results of a Randomized Trial of Internal Mammary Chain Irradiation (imc-rt) after Mastectomy," was presented at the plenary session at 2:15 p.m. on Monday, November 2, 2009. To speak to the lead author of the study, Pascale Romestaing, M.D., please call Beth Bukata or Nicole Napoli November 1-4, 2009, in the ASTRO Press Room at McCormick Place West at 312-791-7005 or 312-791-7006. You may also e-mail them at '/>"/>

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