Re-irradiation for Locally Recurrent Breast Cancer

  • Andrew O. Wahl
  • William SmallJr.
Part of the Medical Radiology book series (MEDRAD)


Locally recurrent breast cancer occurs in 5–15 % of patients after breast conservation therapy and after mastectomy with adjuvant radiotherapy. Ipsilateral breast tumor recurrences may be salvaged with mastectomy; however, outcomes from repeat breast-conserving surgery and breast re-irradiation are promising. Chest wall recurrence generally portends a worse prognosis than in-breast local recurrences. A subset of patients may be long-term survivors in the absence of metastasis. Persistent chest wall disease can be symptomatic, and in previously irradiated patients, treatment options are limited. Experiences with chest wall re-irradiation have shown excellent response rates with acceptable late toxicity, but follow-up is limited.


Planning Target Volume Complete Response Rate Accelerate Partial Breast Irradiation Ipsilateral Breast Tumor Recurrence Partial Breast Irradiation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Radiation OncologyUniversity of Nebraska Medical Center, Buffett Cancer Center, 987521 Nebraska MedicalOmahaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Radiation OncologyLoyola University, Cardinal Bernardin Cancer CenterMaywoodUSA

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