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RATIONALE: 3-dimensional conformal radiation therapy delivers a high dose of radiation directly to the tumor and may kill more tumor cells and cause less damage to normal tissue.
PURPOSE: Phase I/II trial to study the effectiveness of 3-dimensional conformal radiation therapy in treating women who have undergone lumpectomy and axillary node dissection for stage I or stage II breast cancer.
- Determine the technical feasibility and reproducibility of three-dimensional conformal radiotherapy confined to the region of the lumpectomy cavity in women with stage I or II breast cancer.
- Determine the cosmetic results in patients treated with this regimen.
- Determine the complication rates in patients treated with this regimen.
- Determine the local control rate in patients treated with this regimen.
OUTLINE: This is a multicenter study.
Patients undergo three-dimensional conformal radiotherapy twice daily for 5 days beginning within 8 weeks after surgery.
Patients are followed at 6 weeks, every 3 months for 1 year, every 4 months for 1 year, every 6 months for 3 years, and then annually thereafter.
PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 19-46 patients will be accrued for this study within 6.3 to 15.3 months.
Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment
Foundation for Cancer Research and Education
Active, not recruiting
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:54:58-0400
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