Week 11: Reduces the risk of cancer coming back by radiotherapy during surgery

Most women with breast cancer who undergo lumpectomy or partial mastectomy also undergo a course  of radiation delivered to the whole of the affected breast.untitled

While such treatment – called external beam radiotherapy, EBRT – reduces the risk of cancer coming back, it is not an easy undertaking and can cause unpleasant side effects. It takes weeks  and requires regular attendance at centers that are not always easy to get to.

In the TARGIT-A trial, a large international team of researchers compared TARGIT with a standard  EBRT course. The TARGIT method used a miniature X-ray machine to deliver targeted radiation to the  tumor site once only during lumpectomy or about a month later, while the EBRT course comprised  daily doses of radiotherapy for between 3 and 6 weeks.

In my point of view, not all of the breast cancer patient can benefit from TARGIT method since some of the cancer cell may already been transfer to other organs. But still, for the early treatment, the patient can assure that they will not have a chance to suffer from cancer again.

Reference:

Breast cancer radiotherapy during surgery could ease treatment: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/268665.php

Picture:http://www.macmillan.org.uk/Cancerinformation/Cancertypes/Testes/Treatingtesticularcancer/Radiotherapy.aspx

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