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Radiation therapist and dosimetrist
A doctor discusses a radiation treatment plan with a member of the radiation oncology team (dosimetrist).
Mayo Clinic doctors and scientists are dedicated to advancing radiation therapy treatment options for people with breast cancer. This research is conducted as part of the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, which includes the Women's Cancer Program. In addition, Mayo Clinic is one of the few medical centers in the U.S. recognized as a Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) for breast cancer research, funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI).
Areas of research include:
- Developing new ways to reduce exposure to normal tissues, including pioneering proton therapy techniques
- Innovating with novel radiation schedules to reduce side effects of treatment
- Combining surgeries for lumpectomy and brachytherapy in a way that shortens treatment safely
- Leading important clinical trials that are hoped to improve patient outcomes
Learn more about cancer research at Mayo Clinic, including clinical trials for new radiation therapy approaches to breast cancer treatment.
See a list of publications on breast cancer by Mayo Clinic doctors on PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine.
Radiation therapy for breast cancer care at Mayo Clinic
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- Radiation for breast cancer. American Cancer Society. http://www.cancer.org/cancer/breastcancer/detailedguide/breast-cancer-treating-radiation. Accessed July 5, 2017.
- De Los Santos JF. Adjuvant radiation therapy for women with newly diagnosed, non-metastatic breast cancer. https://www.uptodate.com/contents/search. Accessed July 5, 2017.
- Pierce LJ. Radiation therapy techniques for newly diagnosed, non-metastatic breast cancer. https://www.uptodate.com/contents/search. Accessed July 5, 2017.
- Verma V, et al. Proton beam radiotherapy as part of comprehensive regional nodal irradiation for locally advanced breast cancer. Radiotherapy and Oncology. 2017;123:294.
- Understanding radiation therapy. American Society of Clinical Oncology. http://www.cancer.net/navigating-cancer-care/how-cancer-treated/radiation-therapy/understanding-radiation-therapy. Accessed July 5, 2017.
- Radiation therapy and you: Support for people with cancer. National Cancer Institute. http://www.cancer.gov/publications/patient-education/radiation-therapy-and-you. Accessed July 5, 2017.
- Hieken TJ, et al. A novel treatment schedule for rapid completion of surgery and radiation in early-stage breast cancer. Annals of Surgical Oncology. 2016;23:3297.
- Hartmann LC, et al. Treating invasive breast cancer. In: the Mayo Clinic Breast Cancer Book. Boston, Mass.: Da Capo Press; 2012.
- Yang PS, et al. Radiotherapy can decrease locoregional recurrence and increase survival in mastectomy patients with T1 to T2 breast cancer and one to three positive nodes with negative estrogen receptor and positive lymphovascular invasion status. International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics Phys. 2010;77:516.
- Kawamura M, et al. Development of the breast immobilization system in prone setup: The effect of brain prone position to improve the breast setup error. Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics. In press. Accessed July 12, 2017.
- Barbara Woodard Lips Patient Education Center. Breast Cancer Handbook. Rochester, Minn.: Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research; 2012.
- Breast cancer. Fort Washington, Pa.: National Comprehensive Cancer Network. http://www.nccn.org/professionals/physician_gls/f_guidelines.asp. Accessed June 28, 2017.
- Recht A, et al. Postmastectomy radiotherapy: An American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Society for Radiation Oncology, and Society of Surgical Oncology Focused Guidelines Update. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2016;34:4431.
- Flemjmer AM, et al. Impact of physiological breathing motion for breast cancer radiotherapy with proton beam scanning — An in silico study. Physica Medica. In press. Accessed July 12, 2017.
- Mutter R (expert opinion). Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. June 16, 2017.
- Boland TA. Financial Planning and Analysis. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. July 10, 2017.
- Darby SC, et al. Risk of ischemic heart disease in women after radiotherapy for breast cancer. New England Journal of Medicine. 2013;368:987.
- Jethwa KR, et al. Immediate tissue expander or implant-based breast reconstruction does not compromise the oncologic delivery of post-mastectomy radiotherapy (PMRT). Breast Cancer Research and Treatment. 2017;164:237.
- Mutter RW, et al. Initial clinical experience of postmastectomy intensity modulated proton therapy in patients with breast expanders with metallic ports. Practical Radiation Oncology. 2017;7:e243. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1879850016302995. Accessed Aug. 17, 2017.
- Breast SPOREs. National Cancer Institute. https://trp.cancer.gov/spores/breast.htm. Accessed July 12, 2017.
- Taylor C, et al. Estimating the risks of breast cancer radiotherapy: Evidence from modern radiation doses to the lungs and heart and from previous randomized trials. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2017;35:1641.
Radiation therapy for breast cancer