Hypofractionated Whole-Breast Radiation

Is a shorter breast cancer radiation treatment plan right for you?


After lumpectomy to remove early-stage breast cancer, doctors often recommend radiation therapy to reduce the risk of the cancer coming back. Whole-breast radiation therapy after surgery is usually given as one treatment per day, five days a week, for five to seven weeks.


New research shows that fewer treatments with higher doses of radiation at each treatment are as safe and effective as conventional whole-breast radiation. This new schedule allows radiation to be completed over three to four weeks. Giving slightly more radiation in this shorter period is called hypofractionated whole-breast radiation.


Many women find the fewer treatment days and a shorter period of time more convenient and easier to schedule. This makes it easier for women to get all the recommended radiation therapy.


If you've been diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer and had it removed with lumpectomy, you may want to talk to your doctor about hypofractionated whole-breast radiation therapy and to see if it makes sense for you and your unique situation.