Breast Cancer Treatable With Shorter, More Intense Radiation

September 23, 2008

Researchers have put out a new study which has revealed that breast cancer can be treated effectively with shorter, more intense courses of radiation..............Washington (ChattahBox) – Researchers have put out a new study which has revealed that breast cancer can be treated effectively with shorter, more intense courses of radiation.

Canadian researchers conducted their study on 1,200 women, trying out this new shorter, more intense form of treatment known as accelerated hypofractionated whole breast irradiation.

For the study, conducted between 1993 and 1996, they split the women up into two groups, with them either receiving the new treatment, or standard therapy.

The new shorter, more intense radiation technique required far less time.

It needed only 3 weeks of daily, 15-minute visits, compared to the past technique of 5 weeks..

After a period of 10 years went by, the breast cancer returned in only 6.2% of those who who had the new therapy, compared to 6.7% who receive the older therapy.

This shows that shorter, more intense radiation is very effective.

Researchers presented findings at a meeting of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology in Boston, MA.


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