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Short-term Radiation Therapy Works Well for Early-stage Breast Cancer

by Trilok Kapur on  February 12, 2010 at 6:15 AM Cancer News   - G J E 4
Short-term  Radiation  Therapy  Works  Well  for Early-stage Breast  Cancer
An intense three-week course of radiation therapy is just as effective as the standard five-week regimen for women with early-stage breast cancer, has been found by researchers in Canada.
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In the study, lead researcher Dr. Tim Whelan, a professor of oncology of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University, and colleagues found that women who received the accelerated therapy had a low risk of the breast cancer for as long as 12 years after treatment.

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The results are to be published in the Feb. 11 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), and have been presented to a meeting of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology.

The study concluded a shorter, more intense course of therapy is as safe and effective as the standard treatment for select women who have undergone breast-conserving surgery.

Women who receive a three-week treatment - called accelerated hypofractionated whole-breast irradiation - have a low risk of side effects and recurrence of the cancer more than decade after treatment. It is just as effective as the standard five-week course of radiation following surgery to remove the malignancy.

"This is win-win: shorter intense treatment is better for the patient and less costly to provide," said Dr. Whelan, who is also a radiation oncologist at the Juravinski Cancer Centre at amilton Health Sciences.

Source: ANI
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