Weeks of radiation cut to nine-minute dose for cancer patients in trial

Australian breast cancer patients are among the first in the world to benefit from a trial that replaces up to five weeks of radiation therapy with a single nine-minute dose of treatment. How it works: Patient has tumour removed normally with surgery Balloon is placed inside surgical cavity, using a shield to stop radiation affecting heart Balloon is connected to a stem linked to a radiation machine Radiation dose is delivered down the stem connected to balloon Once it hits the end of balloon, radiation starts emanating for 8-9 minutes Balloon retracts after the radiation dose Balloon is removed About…
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