Re-irradiation for locally recurrent breast cancer

Andrew O. Wahl, William Small

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Locally recurrent breast cancer occurs in 5-15 % of patients after breast conservation therapy and after mastectomy with adjuvant radiotherapy. Ipsilateral breast tumor recurrences may be salvaged with mastectomy; however, outcomes from repeat breast-conserving surgery and breast re-irradiation are promising. Chest wall recurrence generally portends a worse prognosis than in-breast local recurrences. A subset of patients may be long-term survivors in the absence of metastasis. Persistent chest wall disease can be symptomatic, and in previously irradiated patients, treatment options are limited. Experiences with chest wall re-irradiation have shown excellent response rates with acceptable late toxicity, but follow-up is limited.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)213-224
Number of pages12
JournalMedical Radiology
StatePublished - 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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