Radioactive 'Seed' Rx Helps Women With Implants Fight Breast Cancer

But, Vora stressed, this is only for women with small tumors, probably less than 3 centimeters in diameter. "I would not offer this to the patient with a larger tumor," she said, because the radiation oncologist would need to treat more of the breast, thus increasing the risk of capsular contracture.

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To learn more about brachytherapy, visit the American Cancer Society.

SOURCES: Robert Kuske Jr., M.D., clinical professor, radiation oncology, University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, Tucson, and Scottsdale radiation oncologist; Christy Russell, M.D., associate professor, medicine, University of Southern California's Norris Cancer Center, Los Angeles, and chair, American Cancer Society Breast Cancer Advisory Committee; Nayana L. Vora, M.D., professor, radiation oncology, City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center, Duarte, Calif.; Dec. 1, 2008, presentation, Radiological Society of North America, Chicago

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