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Targeted breast cancer radiotherapy reduces side effects

Targeted radiotherapy on the site where tumours first develop rather than to the whole breast can dramatically reduce side effects for breast cancer patients, a trial shows.
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Targeted radiotherapy on the site where tumours first develop rather than to the whole breast can dramatically reduce side effects for breast cancer patients, a trial shows.

Targeted radiotherapy on the site where tumours first develop can dramatically reduce side effects for breast cancer patient, a new trial shows.

Researchers at 30 centres across the UK studied 2,000 women aged 50 or over who had early stage breast cancer identified as at a low risk of returning.

Some were treated with whole breast radiotherapy – the clinical standard – while others received partial radiotherapy specifically at the site of the tumour. Patients in both groups received 15 sessions of treatment over a three-week period.

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