Radiotherapy for Breast Cancer to Be a 30 Mins Task
It is reported that an Indian-origin doctor, Jayant S Vaidya at the University College London along with his team has successfully tested a new technique for breast cancer patients, which will eradicate the tumor inside the breast in a meager half an hour.
The trail results were published in the latest edition of the medical journal 'The Lancet'
The technique makes the radiotherapy to be a single dose 30-minute affair, rather than the cumbersome process followed currently that lasts over six weeks.
The team used radiation on areas just in the vicinity of the tumor rather than the whole breast.
A 10-year study for this technique known as Targeted Intraoperative Radiotherapy (TIR), was conducted in nine countries that involved over 2,200 women.
It evidently proved that the radiation pointed on a particular area of the breast was as effective as whole-breast radiation in reducing breast cancer recurrence in women.
"TARGIT trial can change two fundamental principles in the treatment of breast cancer: whole breast radiotherapy can be replaced by a targeted one-time shot and a much smaller dose of radiation may be adequate", Dr. Vaidya told TOI from UK.
However, the technique, poses a few limitations as well. It can be performed on patients over the age of 45 provided the tumor is bigger than 3cm.
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