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How effective is accelerated partial breast irradiation?

Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation (APBI) is delivered directly to the cavity from which the breast cancer was removed, and at much higher daily dose compared to that used during the standard whole breast radiation therapy course. Because the cumulative amount of radiation given during one week of high dose APBI is approximately equal to that delivered during 6-7 weeks of standard daily low dose irradiation therapy, it is believed that the two methods may be equally effective overall at decreasing the risk of recurrence at the lumpectomy cavity. 

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