Patient Care and Research

ASCO/ASTRO/SSO Postmastectomy Radiotherapy Guideline - Update

Published: November 2016 (Web posted September 2016)

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This focused update to the guideline on use of postmastectomy radiotherapy (PMRT) focuses on key areas of ongoing controversy, including the use of PMRT for patients with 1-3 positive lymph nodes or who are undergoing neoadjuvant systemic therapy; selected technical aspects of PMRT, particularly the extent of regional nodal irradiation; and whether PMRT is indicated in women with T1-2 tumors and a positive sentinel node biopsy who do not undergo completion axillary lymph node dissection.

Developed in collaboration with:

  • American Society for Radiation Oncology
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • Society of Surgical Oncology

Key Points:

  • Use of postmastectomy radiotherapy
  • Decision-making using a multidisciplinary approach and patient involvement
  • Selected technical aspects of PMRT, particularly the extent of regional nodal irradiation


Optimal integration of postmastectomy radiotherapy with breast reconstruction (CME)
Breast Cancer - Refresher 2018 (CME)
Postmastectomy Radiotherapy Summary Presentation (ASCO summary)
Patient Brochure

Previous/full version:

ASCO's 2001 Full-Text guideline: Postmastectomy Radiotherapy (for areas not covered in the update)

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