Shorter Breast Cancer Radiation Found Effective

by: cancercompass

A new study by Canadian researchers shows that early-stage breast cancer patients who receive three weeks of intense radiation treatment experience the same results as patients who undergo the standard five to seven weeks of radiation therapy.

The study, which was presented yesterday to the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology in Boston, monitored more than 1,200 women for 12 years.

Half of the women in the study underwent the standard schedule of 25 radiation treatments in 35 days. The other half received 16 treatments in 22 days. While the second group received slightly higher daily doses of radiation, the total cumulative dose was slightly lower.

Researchers found that reducing the length of treatment time and increasing the dosage of radiation produced the same treatment benefits, in addition to reducing patient costs and the amount of time spent away from families and careers.

The procedure is currently more common in Canada and Europe.