Breast cancer treatment trial cuts weeks of radiation to single nine-minute dose
Australian breast cancer patients are among the first in the world to benefit from a trial that replaces up to five weeks of radiation therapy with a single nine-minute dose of treatment.
About 50 women in Victoria will have access to the American-based trial of internal radiation therapy using a process known as “intraoperative radiation”.
Currently, cancer patients can be required to visit a hospital up to 25 times to complete their treatment.
The trial involves delivering the radiation internally during the operation, replacing the more conventional external therapy that is delivered three or four weeks after an operation.