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Study: Fewer treatments for breast cancer

March 20, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
New research suggests breast cancer patients may be able to have less radiation therapy. According to two British trials, the use of radiation therapy in fewer, but higher doses, appears to be just as effective as conventional doses for women recovering from breast cancer.

Because fewer treatments are needed, the overall amount of radiation is actually less.

The rate of tumor recurrence was about the same for patients receiving the two different approaches to radiation therapy.


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