When Not to Give Radiation 

After Lumpectomy

Ann's NOTE: Please take a look at the section on Non Toxic (see Studies on left-side of any page, then go to Non Toxic. Also see Vitamins & Dietary Supplements for protective possibilities during radiation or chemo).

ABSTRACT: When not to give radiation therapy after breast conservation surgery for breast cancer

Background and Objectives: A significant proportion of breast cancer patients treated with breast conservation surgery do not receive adjuvant radiation therapy because of advanced age, severe intercurrent disease, or their own preference. We studied patients for whom adjuvant radiation was not performed, to determine whether the rate of local recurrence was acceptable in particular clinical circumstances.

Conclusions: Omission of radiation therapy after breast conservation is appropriate for patients with intercurrent diseases, for those who develop metastases while receiving preoperative chemotherapy and for selected elderly patients. Patients who refuse recommended adjuvant radiation therapy have unacceptably high rates of local recurrence. Omission of radiation for advanced age alone is associated with local recurrence rates comparable to those for younger patients.

J. Surg. Oncol. 2000;74:273-277.

 Comprehensive Recommendations:Radiation Oncology

Source:Medscape Medical News April 2010


A May 2000 study finds risks may outweigh benefits "in the long run", except for some

alpha-Tocopheryl Succinate:A Review /Rads support
Interstitial Implant Rtx
Increased Risk of Soft Tissue Sarcoma
Pulmonary Sequelae of RX
RT After Lumpectomy: Long Term Followup Results
Death of Alice S. Trillin, Age 63
Outcomes in Women with Ataxia-Telangiectasia Mutations
Radiation Vs Chemo First
Taxol More Likely To Cause Lung Problems
Intra-Operative Radiation
Location of Contralaterl Bca After RtX
HypoARC & High Risk Bca Pts
Prone-Position Bca RTx
Curcumin & DES During Irradiation Reduced Incidence of Tumors
Bca RtX Doses Cause Later Problems
Lung Ca After Bca-DO NOT SMOKE
Environmental Factors & P53 Expression
What Lies Within - A book on Experiencing Radiation
D-Alpha Tocopheryl Succinate
Margin Distortion & Compression Plate
Pain After Partial Mastectomy
Rads, Chemo & Hormonal Factors After Hodgin's Disease
Test Identifies Serious Late Toxicity: RTx
Pentoxifylline & Vit E Regresses RTx-Induced Fibrosis
Older Women May Skip Radiation for Safety
Tamoxifen w/Radiotherapy: CAUTION for Radiosensitive Pts
Homeopathic Treatment of Radiation-induced Itching
Radiation:Cure or Cause-Dr.John Gofman

Report Newsmagazine, 1/22/01

Excerpts from (book jacket of) Radiation and Human Health
High Energy LET Radiation & Colon Carcinogenesis
Are X-Ray Procedures Equivalent to Airline Trips?
Erythropoietin /Anemia Drugs:WORSE Survival


Trial of Procrit Halted
Angiostatin May Enhance RTx Effects

Am Soc Therapeutic Radiology & Oncology, 11/01

Radiotherapy Benefit or Not?

Current Medical Res & Opinion, 2001

RTx-induced Effects in Unradiated Cells
Radiotherapy in Stage I Testicular Ca
Breast cancer-initiating cells are relatively Radioresistant
Low-Dose Radiation Can Be Trouble

Proceedings of the Nat'l Acad of Science, 12/4/01

Routine X-ray Safe?
Low Dose Radiation Kills More Cells Than High Dose
RTx & Rectal Ca

Cancer, 11/01

Radiation/Prostate/ LUNGS

Urology, 4/02

Clin Trial Amifostine:Prostate Ca
Nutritional Intervention RTx & Pelvic Malignancy-NEEDS STUDY
Study: RTx for Prostate Ca Higher Risk Rectal Cancer
Radiation Damage Through Generations (MICE)

Proceedings of National Acad of Sciences, 2002

Triphala (Ayurvedic Drug) Protects Mice from RTX Troubles
RTX Not Good w/other diseases

The Oncologist, 4/02

Lung Injury From Ionizing Radiation

JNCI, 5/15/02

Alice Stewart -Warnings on Radiation

NY Times, 7/02 Obit, age 95

Wound Complications & Radiotherapy:Sarcoma

Lancet, 7/02

 Protective Effects of Boerhaavia diffusa L. Against Radiation—Induced Damage

Integrative Cancer Therapies, December 2007

Husband/Activist:Whole Brain RTx

Gregory D Pawelski (widower of cancer patient wife)

Whole Brain Radiation and Dementia
Healing Radiation Scars - Pentoxifylline

J Clin Oncology, 6/04

Cardiovascular Complications of Cancer Therapy

J Circulation, 6/29/04


LINK to site w/info on " how various x-ray, CT, MRI, ultrasound, radiation therapy and other procedures are performed." Updated frequently

Technique Changes Reduce Radiation from CT Scans

Am J Roentgenology, 8/05

Nanoparticle May Reduce RTx Negative Effects
Nanoparticles of Alumina Slow Plant Growth
New standards needed for radiation therapy

JNCI Press Release, February 2008

Radioprotective Effect of American Ginseng on Human Lymphocytes

J Alternative and Complementary Medicine, May 2010

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