Radiotherapy Packs a Powerful Anti-Cancer Punch

Doctors discuss the benefits of radiation therapy following a lumpectomy.
1:42 | 10/19/11

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We've been recommending radiation after lumpectomy. For the majority of women for the past thirty years because we note that radiation decreases the risk. Of the cancer coming back in the breast. There are few women that have particularly small tumors. Our may be older and may be very responsive to hormones that may not need -- that the majority of women benefit from radiation to the brass after lumpectomy. We know that some women treated with lumpectomy or removal of everything we could see about the -- still have residual cancer cells behind. We know that because without radiation. A relatively high percent of them will have these microscopic cells grow into -- we call a recurrence. With the addition of radiation we know that probability -- now now is extremely low. Suggesting -- are proving that radiation is very effective at eradicating these microscopic nest that residual cancer cells. Standard course of therapy would be daily treatments Monday through Friday five days a week for about six weeks. Some women are eligible for shorter courses of treatments over a period of three weeks. Some. Also we have done. Treatments over a week and with different types of radiation and that's individualized towards the patients. On situation and -- minutes south. From the time a patient walks into the door to leave there's probably about 20/20 five minutes. -- in the treatment room maybe ten minutes the rating in the nation machines on a few of those men and so it's it's really pretty quick.

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