For many women diagnosed with breast cancer, radiation therapy is an effective, and far less physically and emotionally taxing, alternative to mastectomy. Several studies have shown that treatment combining tumor removal with external radiation therapy has produced the same cure rate as total breast removal.
Yet, despite the obvious advantages of radiation treatment, many women still choose to have mastectomies – often because of the long treatment regimen required for external radiation treatment.
At Celilo, however, breast cancer patients may benefit from a procedure called brachytherapy, which dramatically shortens the radiation therapy process to only five days, compared with the six weeks required for external radiation therapy. The procedure enables radiation specialists to deliver higher doses of radiation to very defined areas of the breast without affecting surrounding tissue.
For more information about Celilo Radiation Oncology please call (541) 296-7204.