Studies raise concerns about partial-breast radiation therapy – 3
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Researchers are concerned that one type of partial-breast radiation therapy called brachytherapy is growing in use while research trials to compare and verify its effectiveness are not yet completed. Dr. Bhadrasain Vikram at the NIH has a message for medical professionals:
Vikram: I would encourage them to stay with what is evidence-based treatment. And I would encourage them to enroll the patients into those trials if we get the answers as soon as possible.
Narrator: Brachytherapy involves small radioactive seeds that are temporarily implanted in the cavity left after surgery to deliver highly localized radiation. For details on brachytherapy, as well as clinical trials recruiting patients, 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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