Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer

What we are studying

The purpose of this study is to compare radiation therapy given with a higher daily dose over 3 weeks with a boost given each day of radiation therapy compared with standard whole breast radiation followed by a boost given on separate days which extends over 6 to 6 ½ weeks. It is not expected that there would be a difference in survival by changing the number of daily treatments and shortening the length of time needed for treatment. However, shortening treatment length could be more convenient and save time and money. It is not known, but it is hoped, that the higher daily dose of radiation to the breast has the same chance or better of preventing the breast cancer returning compared to standard daily doses of radiation.

Who we are studying

  • Women
  • Races:
    • White
    • African American
    • Asian
    • American Indian or Alaska Native
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
    • Other
  • All Ethnicities
  • Ages 18+

Eligibility Criteria

  • Diagnosed with breast cancer
  • Underwent a lumpectomy
  • Recommended by a physician to have radiation therapy to the breast

What is involved

  • Receive radiation therapy for about 3 to 6.5 weeks
  • Follow-Up visits at 1 and 6 months and then yearly

Compensation

None

Contact Information

Study Coordinator
Rebecca Bishop
Email
rbishop@wakehealth.edu
Phone
336-713-6518

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