Last Modified: January 10, 2003
Dear OncoLink "Ask The Experts,"
Can children be around family members that are taking radiation therapy for breast cancer?
Lawrence J. Solin, MD, FACR, Professor of Radiation Oncology at the University of Pennsylvania, responds:
Patients undergoing external beam radiation treatment are not radioactive after their treatments, and do not pose any radiation hazard to anyone around them. There is no hazard to young children, for example, even when playing or carrying them.
Dec 30, 2014 - Among early-stage breast cancer patients who undergo chemotherapy and/or radiation treatment, the risk for developing treatment-related leukemia, though low, is still double what experts had previously thought, a new analysis reveals. Reporting online Dec. 22 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, the researchers said the findings should give pause to doctors and breast cancer patients who are considering post-surgical treatment options.