Breast Cancer: Postmastectomy Radiation Therapy

Some women who undergo mastectomy will require radiation therapy to reduce the risk that cancer could come back in that area. Treatments are given once a day over five to seven weeks, and each one takes about 15 to 30 minutes. The number of treatments depends on many things, including features of the breast cancer and the individual woman's body. At UW Health, several physicians work together to coordinate care for women who want breast reconstruction and need postmastectomy radiation therapy.