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Keywords:

  • radiotherapy;
  • breast cancer;
  • mastectomy;
  • breast-conserving surgery

Abstract

This review examined the 60 years of progress made in treating breast cancer from the unique perspective of the reader of Cancer, with a specific emphasis on the evolution of radiation therapy, constituting a survey of the published articles in each decade, and the standards of treatment and controversies of their times that they portray, in 3 major areas: radiation as an adjuvant therapy to mastectomy, radiation for internal mammary lymph node treatment, and radiation with breast-conserving surgery as an alternative to mastectomy. Cancer 2008;113(7 suppl):1779–800. © 2008 American Cancer Society.