Monday, March 13, 2006

Guideline Writers Reject Partial Breast Irradiation for Breast Cancer

DGDispatch, March 13, 2006
New guidelines for breast cancer treatment relegate the use of partial breast irradiation -- a procedure in which intensive, short-term radiation is concentrated in the tumor bed -- to an experimental status."Partial breast irradiation should only be performed as part of a high quality prospective clinical trial," said Benjamin Anderson, MD, Director of the Breast Health Center at the University of Washington."Whole breast irradiation with boost (by photons, brachytherapy of electron beam) remains the standard of care," Dr. Anderson said during a presentation at the 11th annual conference of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. --Click the title of this post to read the full article from its source--

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