Accelerated Fractionation Radiation

The stan­dard approach of giv­ing exter­nal radi­a­tion treat­ment for five days a week for five to sev­en weeks can be incon­ve­nient for many women. To make care more con­ve­nient, many physi­cians are start­ing to use dif­fer­ent sched­ules. One of these sched­ules involves giv­ing a slight­ly larg­er dose over a short­er peri­od of time, known as hypofrac­tion­at­ed radi­a­tion ther­a­py or Cana­di­an Frac­tion­a­tion (CF). Stud­ies have shown that com­pared with radi­a­tion over five weeks, three weeks was just as effec­tive at keep­ing can­cer from com­ing back in the same breast in the first 10 years after treatment.