Some Respite From Breast Cancer Treatments
FRIDAY, Dec. 20 (HealthScoutNews) -- Stanford University Medical
Center researchers are testing a new kind of radiation treatment
that may significantly reduce treatment time for women with breast
cancer (news - web sites).
Women taking part in the study will receive a single dose of radiation
at the time of their surgery for breast cancer instead of the
usual six-week course of radiation therapy.
People are currently being recruited for the clinical trial, which
is meant to determine if this accelerated form of radiotherapy
is safe, feasible and effective in controlling breast cancer
recurrence in women who have a lumpectomy.
Many women with a breast tumor have a lumpectomy, in which surgeons
remove the area of the breast with cancer and leave the rest
of the breast intact. The lumpectomy is followed by six weeks
of almost daily doses of radiation to the entire breast. That's
meant to reduce the risk that the cancer will return.
The idea behind the six-week course of radiation treatments was
to break the total radiation dose into smaller segments to reduce
side effects. However, this lengthy course of treatment can be
difficult for women because it interferes with their work and
For information about taking part in this trial, call Janelle
Maxwell at 650-498-7740.
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