Before having breast cancer treatment, your treatment will be planned by professional doctors. Breast cancer patients should be noticed the process and how your health care team do it. This can help patients to be active in your treatment in order to improve the outcome. When it comes to radiation therapy, let’s see what you can do.
About your radiation therapy plan
Radiation therapy plan is created by your doctor about your treatment process. It shows how much radiation you will need where you need it. Radiation therapy, also known as radiotherapy is an effective and targeted treatment that kills cancer cells.
Radiation therapy plan shows that the cancer cells will be treated with a proper dose of radiation while other healthy tissues will receive as little radiation as possible. The dose of radiation will be planned depending on:
- Your type of breast cancer;
- The position of cancer cells in your body;
- The size of tumors;
- The distance between the radiation source and the targeted part of the body;
- Whether the targeted part is near radiation sensitive area;
- Your health condition.
Meet your doctor
It is important to make an appointment with your doctor to go through your treatment plan. Ask your doctor or other healthcare providers if you have any question. You and your doctor can work together to make a suitable plan that can help you fight breast cancer, as well as can meet your demands.
Your doctor will ask you to do scans to check your physical functions. CT scans, PET scans, X-rays, or MRI can give your doctor detailed information about your cancer. This can help the doctor plan the dose to treat cancer and avoid healthy organs in the affected area.
Look at the tumor in 3D
Your doctor may also look at the 3D image of your cancer that is created from your CT scans. The 3D image can be very useful. The doctor can base on the image to arrange radiation to cover cancer and protect other healthy organs.
If you have external radiation therapy, the doctor will first mark your skin with permanent ink to set up the radiation therapy machine. This makes sure the radiation will treat the same places each time. Do not try to wash or rub them off or to redraw them yourself if the marks fade. It is advisable to ask your doctor to do it for you.
Radiation therapy can be recommended when you are diagnosed with breast cancer. Your treatment is more likely to succeed if you play an active role in the procedure. So stop being anxious and start planning for your treatment.
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Review Date: April 8, 2017 | Last Modified: April 8, 2017
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