Radiation Therapy: Effective breast cancer treatment

Oct 6, 2015

Cortlandt Manor, NY

hands with breast cancer awareness ribbon

In 2015, an estimated 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the United States. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time to be reminded of the disease that touches the lives of so many women, and the great strides that continue to be made in its treatment.

One of those treatments is radiation therapy, which plays an important role in all stages of breast cancer because it is effective and relatively safe. Dr. Lawrence Koutcher, a board certified radiation oncologist at NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital in Cortlandt Manor, explains that radiation therapy is precisely what the name implies, "It’s the careful, therapeutic use of high-energy waves or streams of particles called radiation. Patients benefit from this procedure because the high-energy waves used are able to kill fast-growing cancer cells while minimizing damage to healthy tissue."

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