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accelerated partial-breast irradiation (ak-SEH-leh-ray-ted PAR-shul-brest ih-RAY-dee-AY- shun)

A type of radiation therapy given only to the part of the breast that has cancer in it. Accelerated
partial-breast irradiation gives a higher dose over a shorter time than is given in standard whole-
breast radiation therapy. Accelerated partial-breast irradiation may be given using internal or external
sources of radiation. Also called partial-breast irradiation.

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