Monday, January 09, 2006

Radiation Implants for Breast Cancer Patients

Ivanhoe Newswire, January 9, 2006
Doctors are now studying permanent radiation implants to treat breast cancer patients.
Women with early stage breast cancer often receive a lumpectomy to remove the tumor and then undergo external beam radiation to kill any remaining cancer cells. The radiation treatment is given five days a week, for six to eight weeks. Now, in a first-of-its-kind study out of Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, researchers are testing permanent radiation implants. The implants, called radiation seed implants, are about the size of a grain of rice and would not have to be removed daily like temporary implants recently tested. They would be surgically implanted one time only and would deliver radiation to the breast area until they were no longer radioactive. The procedure will reduce treatment time from several weeks to one day. Researchers say 44 patients have been treated successfully with no indication of the cancer returning and with six-times less acute skin irritation as compared to external beam radiation. --Click the title of this post to read the full article from its source--

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