Breast cancer is the second-deadliest cancer among American women. Other than adopting a healthier lifestyle, early detection with regular mammograms remains the single most effective way for combating the disease. Steady declines in mortality among women since have been attributed to a combination of early detection and improvements in treatment. Women are encouraged to consult their physician immediately for evaluation if any of the following signs and symptoms are present. The signs for breast cancer are not the same for all women, and some women show no signs in early stages. Jared Sturgeon, radiation oncologist at Texas Center for Proton Therapy, highlights the important roll of mammograms to detect breast cancer early.
What to know about proton therapy for breast cancer
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Compared with older passive-scattering proton therapy treatment for breast cancer, our pencil beam scanning technology precisely delivers proton radiation treatment for breast cancer within 2 millimeters and with the utmost care. We attack tumors layer by layer and minimize harmful exposure to surrounding healthy tissue and organs. This is important for breast cancer patients who may face the risk of secondary cancers, lung injuries and major cardiac events later in life due to previous radiation exposure. The reduction of radiation-related toxicity also increases the likelihood that patients can complete treatment with fewer interruptions or delays. Depending on the stage of breast cancer, combined treatments of mastectomy or lumpectomy surgery, chemotherapy and radiation may be needed for some breast tumors. Treatment options also are affected by the type of breast cancer, age, overall health and personal preferences. At stage I breast cancer is relatively small at this stage and has not spread to the lymph nodes at all, or has spread to only a very small area in the sentinel lymph node.
Follow-up study of liver metastasis from breast cancer treated by proton beam therapy
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Study record managers: refer to the Data Element Definitions if submitting registration or results information. Radiation: Proton radiation therapy Proton radiotherapy will start weeks following surgical excision. The treatment area will include the lumpectomy site with an additional margin. Daily proton therapy will be given as an out-patient over a two week coarse.