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Janet Sperry
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Radiation Oncology
Premiere Oncology
4571 Colonial Blvd.
Fort Myers
FL
33966

Why do I need to have radiation after my surgery (lumpectomy) for breast cancer?

Although surgery removes the visible tumor, there may be microscopic cancer cells remaining in the breast. Radiation treatment is given in order to eradicate these cancer cells. Radiation has been proven to significantly reduce the likelihood of cancer recurrence. For early-stage breast cancer (stage I and II), the chances of a cancer returning after surgery alone may be as high as 30-50%. With radiation, this chance is reduced to less than 10%.

What are keloids and how is radiation used to treat them?

Keloids are thickened scars that result as an overproduction of collagen. They can cause pain, itching, and cosmetic problems. They can occur in any area of the body where a scar forms, but most commonly develop in the earlobes after ear piercing. Over 50% of keloids will recur after surgical removal. However, if radiation is used after surgery, the recurrence rate is less than 5%.  Radiation has been employed successfully in the treatment of keloids for over 100 years. The treatment is completely non-invasive and painless. Each treatment takes only a few minutes and is typically given for 3-5 days. 

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