Reporting Kathryn Larson
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Royal Oak (WWJ) - In the past, treating early stage partial breast cancer with radiation took 6 weeks, recently it’s been reduced to five days and now an area doctor believes the regimen can be given in just two days.
Dr. Peter Chen, Beaumont radiation oncologist, is presenting his research this week in Boston. He says the two-day radiation treatment for breast cancer produces similar results to the five-day treatment and is much better for the patient.
“They would have the convenience of actually going back earlier to their professional and family life and daily activities, but still accrue the same amount of cure rate with minimal side effects,” said Dr. Chen of the patients undergoing the treatment.
Dr. Chen says the trial places a concentrated seed of radiation the size of a grain of rice into a balloon inside the breast. The treatment ensures healthy breast tissue isn’t affected during the procedure.