electron boost

electron boost

An adjunct to external beam radiation therapy in which small focused fields of radiation are applied to a tumor in an attempt to destroy it. Electron boost radiation is used to treat some breast cancers.
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An electron boost to a post mastectomy scar was chosen as a setup to compare the different techniques.
It is the first time on the West Coast that electron beam radiation treatment was used as an electron boost during breast cancer surgery.
According to the results of a 2001 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, an electron boost dose of radiation following a lumpectomy and whole breast external beam radiation is particularly important for high risk breast cancer patients, reducing local recurrence rates by 48% in women younger than 40.
this kind of case cannot be treated properly with IMRT alone, and requires the electron boost.
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