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Medical factors influencing decision making regarding radiation therapy for breast cancer

Authors Dilaveri C, Sandhu N, Neal L, Neben-Wittich M, Hieken T, Mac Bride M, Wahner-Roedler D, Ghosh K

Received 23 July 2014

Accepted for publication 26 September 2014

Published 20 November 2014 Volume 2014:6 Pages 945—954


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Review by Single-blind

Peer reviewer comments 3

Editor who approved publication: Professor Elie Al-Chaer

Christina A Dilaveri,1 Nicole P Sandhu,1 Lonzetta Neal,1 Michelle A Neben-Wittich,1,2 Tina J Hieken,3 Maire Brid Mac Bride,1 Dietlind L Wahner-Roedler,1 Karthik Ghosh1

1Division of General Internal Medicine, 2Department of Radiation Oncology, 3Division of Subspecialty General Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA

Abstract: Radiation therapy is an important and effective adjuvant therapy for breast cancer. Numerous health conditions may affect medical decisions regarding tolerance of breast radiation therapy. These factors must be considered during the decision-making process after breast-conserving surgery or mastectomy for breast cancer. Here, we review currently available evidence focusing on medical conditions that may affect the patient–provider decision-making process regarding the use of radiation therapy.

Keywords: cardiac devices, connective tissue disease, prior radiation

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