Breast Cancer Lymph Node Radiation

This video explains that some women may benefit from lymph node radiation after breast surgery if cancer cells are found in the lymph nodes during surgery. The treatment involves radiation to the chest wall or reconstructed breast, and in cases where a lymph node is involved, the radiation field is extended to cover the lymph node basins that drain the breast. The risks of adding lymph node radiation to standard breast radiation are similar to breast radiation alone, but the risk of lymphedema may be higher.