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Single Dose Breast Cancer Radiation Therapy?

Posted Nov 20 2009 12:00am
The Cancer Treatment Centers of America recently announced the availability of breast cancer radiation therapy given in a single dose during breast cancer surgery that apparently does not require the standard 5-6 weeks of post-operative radiation therapy.  According to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, they are the first in the United States to offer this breast cancer radiation therapy.

This new radiation therapy is a form of intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT) that incorporates the new Novac7 technology.  The Novac7 technology is a robotic mobile intraoperative electron beam unit that uses a patented autofocusing structure.  These new adaptations make the new system small, light weight and minimizes diffusion of radiation to surrounding non-malignant tissues.  According to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America's PRESS RELEASE, the benefits of this new machine include:
  • Shorter treatment times of only 4-5 minutes.
  • Minimizes or eliminates the need for additional radiation treatments.
  • Delivers a high dose of radiation directly to the tumor site immediately after the tumor is removed.
  • The precision of the radiation dose helps spare surrounding healthy tissues.
  • Helps reduce side effects.
If this new technique is as good as advertised, then this is great news.  Developments in breast cancer therapy that can effectively kill cancer cells, reduce radiation side effects, and minimize the need for follow-up radiation treatments are always desired.  This would theoretically allow more women to resume their regular routine much sooner, while enjoying a better quality of life at the same time.  Should this new radiation therapy continue to prove effective, hopefully more hospitals will make it available to their patients.

While advances in breast cancer treatment are happening nearly every day, the ultimate goal remains to prevent breast cancer from occuring at all.  While that breakthrough is still years away, you can make lifestyle changes to reduce your personal breast cancer risk.  Read my book Fight Now: Eat & Live Proactively Against Breast Cancer at to find out more.
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