Cancer in the Contralateral Breast after Radiotherapy for Breast Cancer

Thomas F. Delaney, Lori J. Pierce, Richard A. Evans, Chris H. Takimoto, Shenghan Lai, Mary Comerford, John D. Boice, Marilyn Stovall, Maria Blettner

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To the Editor: In the March 19 issue, Boice et al.1 present data to indicate that radiotherapy for breast cancer contributes little to the already high risk of a second cancer in the opposite breast. They note, however, that the risk was significantly increased among women who underwent irradiation at a relatively young age (<45 years). They estimate that the average dose of radiation to the contralateral breast among the exposed women was 2.82 Gy. This average dose exceeds that in other reports2 and may reflect technical factors such as the orientation of the anterior internal mammary field and the…

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)430-432
Number of pages3
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Aug 6 1992
Externally publishedYes

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