I Was diagnosed with DCIS on my left breast and have just started what they're estimating will be 6-7 weeks of daily (M-F) radiation. They said the daily dose I'm receiving is 180. Can you put that in context for me? Is it a lot, a little, somewhere in between? If the mass that they're radiating is important, prior to starting the radiation I had a needle localization excision and two additional re-excisions to get clear margins. I'd estimate about a quarter of my breast between the center of my chest and my left nipple was removed.
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Anywhere between 180 - 250 cGy(measurement of radiation dose) is normal for treatment of breast cancer. Having a lower daily dose over more treatments (as you are having) helps to reduce side effect. All the best with your treatments.
the total amount of radiation a person receives is a pretty standard calculation; in what increments it's delivered can vary somewhat depending on anatomy and equipment. You are describing standard treatment.
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