Studies raise concerns about partial-breast radiation therapy – 2
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. One type of partial-breast radiation therapy may be outpacing the available evidence on the technique’s safety and effectiveness. Dr. Bhadrasain Vikram at the NIH says there are two approaches of partial-breast radiation therapy, both have the goal of reducing the amount of breast tissue being irradiated, and the length of that treatment.
Vikram: In the case of brachytherapy, it's down to about five days. In the case of the intraoperative radiation technique, that's down to one day.
Narrator: But he adds while use of brachytherapy is increasing, research trials to compare and verify its effectiveness are not yet completed. 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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