Editorial: Radiosurgery for breast cancer

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In 2010, it is estimated that 207,090 women will be diagnosed with and 39,840 women will die of breast cancer.1 The lifetime risk for breast cancer in a woman born today is 12.15%. As a result of earlier diagnosis, aggressive resection, and improvements in adjuvant treatment, most women with breast cancer tend to have extended survival relative to patients with other types of cancer. In fact, the 5-year survival for patients with breast cancer is 89%. Currently, more than 2.5 million women in the US have a history of breast cancer.

Metastases to the CNS from breast cancer

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Please include this information when citing this paper: published online October 1, 2010; DOI: 10.3171/2010.8.JNS101285.

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