What is the role of radiation therapy in the treatment of male breast cancer?

Updated: Jun 30, 2016
  • Author: Bagi RP Jana, MD; Chief Editor: John V Kiluk, MD, FACS  more...
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Principles of radiation therapy are same as in breast cancer in women.  No randomized controlled studies have evaluated radiation therapy in men with breast cancer; instead, the recommendations are based on evidence derived from data from clinical trials in women. One difference is that most expert opinion suggests a lower threshold for recommending radiation therapy in men than in women, due to the anatomy of the male breast. The typical indication for adjuvant radiation includes T3 or higher tumor stage, four or more positive lymph nodes, and positive surgical margins.


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