Radiotherapeutic options for symptom control in breast cancer

Birgitt Van Oorschot*, Gabriele Beckmann, Wolfgang Schulze, Dirk Rades, Petra Feyer

*Corresponding author for this work
10 Citations (Scopus)


The majority of breast cancer patients will require radiation therapy at some time during the course of their disease. An estimated 30-50% of all radiation treatments are of palliative nature, either to alleviate symptoms or prophylactic to prevent deterioration of quality of life due to locally progressive disease. Radiotherapy is a locally effective tool, and typically causes no systemic and mostly mild acute side effects. The following article provides an overview of options and decision-making in palliative radiotherapy for symptom control.

Original languageEnglish
JournalBreast Care
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)14-19
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 02.2011


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