Radiation Oncology

Radiation is an effective form of breast cancer treatment where high energy sources (particles, x-rays, etc.) are used to kill cancer cells that may remain after the primary tumor has been removed surgically. It may be used at any stage of cancer, including metastatic disease to relieve pain associated with cancer. While typically administered following lumpectomy (breast conservation surgery), it may also be recommended after mastectomy to destroy any remaining cancer cells and prevent recurrence.

There are two main types of radiation therapy:
  • External Beam Radiation (most common, involves multiple appointments)
  • Internal Radiation (radiation device is temporarily placed in the affected area for a short period of time)

For more information, please watch Dr. Robin Lally, Professor in College of Nursing interview Dr. Andrew Wahl, Professor and Radiation Oncologist at UNMC. Click here.