Studies raise concerns about partial-breast radiation therapy – 1
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. When it comes to treating breast cancer, the goal of doing less has been making progress. Dr. Bhadrasain Vikram at the NIH says, for the past 20 years, the standard treatment for early-stage breast cancer has become a lumpectomy, rather than masectomy, followed by five to seven weeks of whole breast radiation.
Vikram: And what we are looking for now is to decrease that burden on women of having to come for radiation for five to seven weeks every day and also to see whether we can reduce the amount of healthy breast that we have to irradiate.
Narrator: For more on breast cancer treatment options, visit www.cancer.gov. Health Matters is produced by the NIH, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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