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Breast Cancer

While breast cancer is a common form of cancer, its detection and treatment have advanced significantly in recent years, leading to increased survival rates. The Johns Hopkins Breast Center offers an overview of treatment for breast cancer. Our radiation oncologists are an integral part of the larger multidisciplinary team that works together to diagnose, treat and manage our patients'  breast cancer care.

Radiation therapies

When radiation therapy is called for in the treatment of breast cancer, our team of radiation oncology specialists, including physicians, medical physicists, dosimetrists, nurses, and therapists, creates an individualized radiation therapy plan developed for the patient’s specific needs.

At Johns Hopkins, radiation oncologist specialists use external beam radiation, which includes 3D conformal radiation therapy and intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), to treat breast cancer. External beam radiation is often used to treat breast cancer because it can safely treat the whole breast, reducing the possibility of the cancer spreading. Generally, patients will receive radiation after surgery and before chemotherapy.

Through our clinical research, we offer our patients the most effective and safest therapies available, in addition to clinical trials that patients can choose to participate in.

The safety and well being of our patients and their families are always the primary concern of every member of the radiation oncology team. We have developed a comprehensive safety program that is unique to Johns Hopkins. As an international leader in radiation safety, our standards for safety serve as an example for other academic and community-based radiation practices. Our safety program not only complies with state and national protocols, it goes well beyond those protocols by integrating innovative safety techniques developed by experts on our staff.

To find out more about radiation oncology at Johns Hopkins, call 410-502-8000 or e-mail

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