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Thursday, November 7 2013, 06:50 PM MST
Targeted Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer
By: Carla Roberts Pruitt
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(KUTV) - If detected early, doctors can aggressively treat breast cancer with surgery and radiation. But for women who don’t live along the Wasatch Front, or those who live in rural areas, getting weekly radiation treatments may not be feasible. So they opt to have a mastectomy. But a type of radiation treatment may help more women keep their breasts. "They can give higher doses of radiation to that smaller area and therefore shorten the amount of treatment time that is needed."

Doctor Vanessa Hart is a general surgeon at Park City Medical Center. She recently spoke to us about Targeted Radiation Therapy. The therapy uses a small catheter to deliver higher doses of radiation. "It shortens the treatment from essentially a month to 5 days. So it is something that will allow more women to have an opportunity for breast conservation versus the mastectomy."

Patients will need to meet certain criteria for the Targeted Radiation Therapy. After the last treatment, the catheter is removed. “We can preserve their breast; shorten their treatment time; and get women back to life.”

Again, the sooner doctors start treatment; the better the chances are for survival. So women need to get their routine screening mammographies and do routine self-breast exams.

For more information, visit: http://www.mammosite.com/

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