Breast cancer is a very wide-spread cancer, which affects approximately one woman on 10. A great majority of the patients can be cured without a mastectomy (surgical removal of one or both breasts) and radiotherapy is an integral part of this option. The Centre d'Oncologie des Eaux-Vives is specialised in breast cancer treatments and applies the new generation IMRT technology, which is an intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT).
The main advantage of this technique is the better focus of the irradiation doses at the tumour level. It constitutes a determining progress for the quality of therapeutic treatments. It allows an excellent control of the tumour, limits to the maximum the irradiation of the healthy zones, decreases the side effects and improves the quality of life of the treated patients. The radiotherapy treatment of a breast cancer lasts between 5 and 6 weeks and is very well tolerated.