Thursday, April 24 2014, 10:48 AM MDT
Target Radiation for Cancer
(KUTV) Many women will spend weeks getting radiation treatments for breast cancer. But now, that time is being cut down to just 5 days. This was the case for Nanette Barton. She beat breast cancer and thanks to an advanced radiation treatment option, she has since moved on with her life. "Sometimes people say 'you're done'? And I say, 'yes'."
Nanette had brachytherapy. Using a catheter, doctors are able to administer high doses of radiation to the area where the tumor formed and the surrounding tissue. "You don't have to give radiation to the parts of the body that don't need radiation."
Doctor Brandon Barney specializes in radiation oncology. He says brachytherapy also cuts down on the time a person has to undergo radiation treatments. "The other nice thing about it is that we take a radiation course that would normally be given over five-to-six weeks and we compress it down and just give it in one week."
For more information, visit: http://www.brachytherapy.com/
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