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|1/31/2012||Is full breast radiation harmful to the heart and lungs if it is on the left side?|
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|2/1/2012||Years ago it definitely was. today there are ways to minimize the exposure to the heart and left lung however. Ask your radiation oncologist how this will be done for you. He/she will be able to show you the 3D imaging studies of your torso used to plan your radiation treatments along with the creation of "blocks" to help present heart and lung exposure to the best of their ability.|
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