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Vol 16, No 6 (2011)
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Published online: 2011-11-01
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Partial breast irradiation techniques in early breast cancer

Agata Kacprowska, Jacek Jassem
DOI: 10.1016/j.rpor.2011.08.003
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Rep Pract Oncol Radiother 2011;16(6):213-220.

open access

Vol 16, No 6 (2011)
Reviews
Published online: 2011-11-01
Submitted: 2011-07-06

Abstract

Whole breast irradiation represents an integral part of combined breast-conserving treatment of early breast cancer. A new concept includes replacing traditionally fractionated whole breast postoperative radiotherapy by accelerated partial breast irradiation. The latter involves a variety of techniques and may be applied intraoperatively or shortly after the surgery. The intraoperative techniques include photon or electron external beam irradiation and interstitial high dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy, whereas the postoperative techniques comprise interstitial brachytherapy, be it HDR, pulse dose rate (PDR) or low dose rate (LDR), intracavitary brachytherapy and external beam radiotherapy using electrons, photons or protons. This article presents accelerated partial breast irradiation techniques, ongoing phase III trials evaluating their value and recommendations for clinical practice.

Abstract

Whole breast irradiation represents an integral part of combined breast-conserving treatment of early breast cancer. A new concept includes replacing traditionally fractionated whole breast postoperative radiotherapy by accelerated partial breast irradiation. The latter involves a variety of techniques and may be applied intraoperatively or shortly after the surgery. The intraoperative techniques include photon or electron external beam irradiation and interstitial high dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy, whereas the postoperative techniques comprise interstitial brachytherapy, be it HDR, pulse dose rate (PDR) or low dose rate (LDR), intracavitary brachytherapy and external beam radiotherapy using electrons, photons or protons. This article presents accelerated partial breast irradiation techniques, ongoing phase III trials evaluating their value and recommendations for clinical practice.

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Keywords

Breast cancer; Adjuvant radiotherapy; Whole breast irradiation; Accelerated partial breast irradiation

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Title

Partial breast irradiation techniques in early breast cancer

Journal

Reports of Practical Oncology and Radiotherapy

Issue

Vol 16, No 6 (2011)

Pages

213-220

Published online

2011-11-01

DOI

10.1016/j.rpor.2011.08.003

Bibliographic record

Rep Pract Oncol Radiother 2011;16(6):213-220.

Keywords

Breast cancer
Adjuvant radiotherapy
Whole breast irradiation
Accelerated partial breast irradiation

Authors

Agata Kacprowska
Jacek Jassem

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