Advertisement

Is external beam radiation treatment for breast cancer dangerous?

External beam radiation is not dangerous. It is delivered through a catheter, similar to a straw, that is placed inside of a cavity where the tumor was removed.

Radiation is contained in small seeds that are delivered through the straw, and then removed so the patient is not radioactive.

Trinity Health is a Catholic health care organization that acts in accordance with the Catholic tradition and does not condone or support all practices covered in this site. In case of emergency call 911. This site is educational and not a substitute for professional medical advice, always seek the advice of a qualified health care provider.

Continue Learning about Breast Cancer Treatment

Targeted Therapy for Metastatic Breast Cancer
Targeted Therapy for Metastatic Breast Cancer
Targeted therapies are a type of cancer treatment that work by blocking or inhibiting the function of specific molecules found in cancer cells, which ...
Read More
What is cryoablation for breast cancer?
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MDDr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cryoablation involves using extreme cold to freeze and destroy cancerous and benign tumors. This...
More Answers
What should I know about a partial or segmental mastectomy?
Dede BonnerDede Bonner
A second type of breast-conserving surgery is called a partial or segmental mastectomy. In this surg...
More Answers
Do Doctors Get Enough Time with Their Patients?
Do Doctors Get Enough Time with Their Patients?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.