Radiotherapy plays a very important role in the treatment of breast cancer. Generally, radiotherapy is carried out after breast-conserving surgery. But even after complete removal of the breast, follow-up radiotherapy may be necessary – e.g. if lymph nodes are also affected. If required, respiration-controlled irradiation is also available in order to additionally protect the high-risk organs of heart and lungs.
Depending on the diagnosis, the patient can also be precisely pre-irradiated with theIntraBeam during the operation. In such cases, the wound cavity is directly irradiated after removal of the tumour. The aim is to immediately destroy any possibly remaining tumour cells. These days, we know that up to 90% of recurrences occur at the exact position where the breast tumour was removed. It is therefore advisable to irradiate this high-risk area directly during the operation.