According to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, there was no significant difference in survival rates for older women treated with whole-breast irradiation versus those treated with partial breast radiation, or brachytherapy.  But, those with brachytherapy faced more complications:

• The study was on data from 92,735 women 67 or older.
• 6,952 had undergone brachytherapy 
•  85,783 had whole-breast radiation
• 5- year survival rates were similar for the two groups, with overall survival at 87.7 percent.
• Those with brachytherapy had higher rates of infection, complications, and breast pain.
• Complications often led to a full mastectomy or, as the authors say, “failure to preserve the breast.”

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