Breast cancer trial cuts therapy by weeks

Australian breast cancer patients will be among the first in the world to be treated with a new form of radiation therapy that is completed in just eight minutes, not weeks. At the moment breast cancer patients are required to make dozens of trips to hospital over several weeks to receive radiation therapy after surgery to remove cancerous tissue. However intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT) delivers concentrated radiation in a single dose during a lumpectomy. As part of an international trial in partnership with the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Monash Health, about 50 Victorian breast cancer patients will be treated…
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