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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 231-235

External hypofractionated whole-breast radiotherapy: Now where does accelerated partial breast irradiation stand?

Department of Radiation Oncology, Tata Memorial Hospital, Parel, Mumbai, India

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Anusheel Munshi
Department of Radiation Oncology, 120, Tata Memorial Hospital, Parel, Mumbai - 400 012
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0973-1482.38999

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Breast-conserving therapy (BCT) has emerged as a viable option for suitable breast cancer patients who are desirous of preserving the breast. The major advantage of BCT is the good cosmetic outcome with disease-free and overall survival similar to mastectomy. In this article, I have compared two emerging modalities for treating a preserved breast with radiotherapy. These two techniques in breast cancer - accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI) and hypofractionated whole breast external beam radiotherapy - have their respective merits and drawbacks, and this article attempts to dissect the issue.

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