Information on a shortened course of radiation?


Question from MollyS: Any news on shortening the course of radiation therapy?
Answers - Kathy D. Miller, M.D. Nothing big. We have had the results for several years of a study looking at a 3-week course of radiation compared to the standard 6-week treatment course. That study now has very long-term follow-up, and found no difference in the risk of recurrence or the cosmetic outcome of women treated with the shorter duration. Several newer techniques decreased the duration of treatment even more, to just 1 week. But those techniques also don't treat the entire breast; they only treat the region where the tumor was. We don't yet have results from randomized studies comparing that approach to the more standard approaches. The studies doing those comparisons are going on but we don't have the results yet.

On Tuesday, December 15, 2009, our Ask-the-Expert Online Conference was called Updates from the 2009 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. Kathy Miller, M.D. and Kristin Brill, M.D., F.A.C.S. answered your questions about the latest updates on breast cancer risk, screening techniques, treatment options, and more.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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