Hypofractionated Radiation for Breast Cancer

This information is useful for adults and older adults
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Why Yale Medicine?
  • Our specialists meet weekly to discusses whether a particular patient will benefit from hypofractionation or conventional radiation.
  • A treatment plan is developed based on each patient’s individual case.
  • Each patient's values and wishes are taken into account.

When possible, breast cancer patients undergo a type of surgery that's designed to conserve as much of their breast tissue as possible. Hypofractionated radiation therapy, also called hypofractionation, can be used as a follow-up therapy for many of these patients. Like conventional radiation therapy, the aim of hypofractionation is to destroy cancer cells in the breast, but with larger radiation doses in fewer overall sessions. Whereas conventional radiation typically requires 25 to 30 sessions, hypofractionation requires 15 to 19.

Our multidisciplinary teams of specialists meet weekly to discusses whether a particular patient will benefit from
hypofractionation or conventional radiation. 

Clinical Trials

New treatments for many conditions are tested in clinical trials, which ultimately bring lifesaving new drugs and devices to the patients who need them most. By participating in a clinical trial, you may get access to the most advanced treatments for your condition, and help determine their benefits for future patients.