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Less risk. Better cosmetic results. Fewer mastectomies!

According to the American Cancer Society, 212,000 U.S. women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year — including thousands in Illinois. Over 60 percent of breast cancers are discovered at an early stage, and after receiving treatment (usually breast lumpectomy followed by breast cancer radiation treatment) there is a 96 percent five-year survival rate.

Of course, it wasn’t always that way. Just 25 to 30 years ago, radical mastectomy was the only treatment option for women diagnosed with breast cancer. Today, even mastectomy has changed dramatically — women may choose radical, simple or modified radical mastectomy, as well as breast lumpectomy with radiation therapy for breast cancer as treatment options for breast cancer.

Guidelines call for radiation treatment.

About 70 percent of women diagnosed with breast cancer are potential candidates for breast lumpectomy. We recommend breast cancer radiation treatment of the tumor site post-lumpectomy. This is characterized in treatment guidelines as lifesaving.

Standard radiation therapy for breast cancer.

Despite the guidelines, up to 25 percent of breast lumpectomy patients don’t receive radiation treatment for breast cancer. It’s likely that the current high number of mastectomies — in addition to the percentage of untreated women — is attributable in part to a desire to avoid risks, complications and weeks of radiaiton therapy for breast cancer. Treatments last for 5 to 7 weeks depending on the size of the tumor and other factors.

Hope is . . . saving lives & self-esteem.

We also use intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). IMRT radiation therapy provides more effective doses, less healthy-tissue exposure and better cosmetic results than conventional radiotherapy. Cosmesis and breast conservation should be top concerns because patients are concerned about their lives and the impact of breast cancer radiation treatment.

Hope is . . . improving accuracy, safety & choices.

Drs. Yashbir Mehta, Parvathy Kurup and Neil Mehta can treat breast cancers using many different approaches and techniques. Our ability to correctly and precisely diagnose is better and more accurate than ever. And today’s women have more and safer treatment options for breast cancer than ever.

Our radiation oncologists are the most experienced in the area. More importantly, we are committed to safe, effective care for every patient.

We welcome your inquiries and referrals.

 

Achieve better results with the latest radiation oncology treatment options for breast cancer. Our breast cancer patients come to us from Gurnee, Waukegan, Lindenhurst, Antioch, Grayslake and Lake Villa in Lake County, IL. Contact Advanced Radiation Oncology Center at 847-623-2114 or use our online Request an Appointment form today.