Mastectomy and Irradiation in Breast Cancer

Part of the Handbuch der Medizinischen Radiologie / Encyclopedia of Medical Radiology book series (HDBRADIOL, volume 19 / 2)


The most common method of treating operable breast cancer is still the classic Halsted operation (radical mastectomy; see Greiner and Widow, 1977) or minor modifications thereof. Frequently, this operation is supplemented by radiotherapy. Preoperative irradiation has been widely used and still is (Baclesse, 1962; Fletcher, 1967), but now mainly in locally or regionally more advanced cases. More often, postoperative irradiation is administered, in some clinics only to the supraclavicular region, axilla, and internal mammary chain.


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