Prone breast radiotherapy in a patient with early stage breast cancer and a large pendulous breast

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Abstract

In women with large and pendulous breasts postoperative radiotherapy in the supine position could represent a technical challenge because of the resulting dose inhomo-geneity and the large amount of lung and heart receiving a high percentage of the prescribed dose. Breast-conserving surgery is therefore relatively contraindicated in these patients. Alternative positions for radiation therapy treatment have been proposed, and prone breast irradiation in particular has been recognized as a useful alternative to conventional treatment in the supine position. We report the case of a large-breasted patient treated in prone position in our radiation therapy division.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)394-397
Number of pages4
JournalAgro Food Industry Hi-Tech
Volume20
Issue number3 SUPPL.
Publication statusPublished - May 2009

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Radiotherapy
radiotherapy
breast neoplasms
breasts
Breast
Supine Position
Breast Neoplasms
Prone Position
Segmental Mastectomy
dosage
Surgery
surgery
irradiation
lungs
heart
Irradiation
case studies
Lung
Therapeutics

Keywords

  • Breast cancer
  • Large breast
  • Prone position
  • Radiotherapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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