A shorter, heavier dose of radiation could eradicate early stage breast cancer, new research has found.
Have scientists just found a way to get rid of early stage breast cancer right away without a long treatment program? New research suggests that a heavy dose of radiation may eliminate breast cancer before it becomes a threat.
Short courts of heavy blasts of radiation may be better than the standard procedure, as the research suggests that those who get it have a higher quality of life and are just as successful as longer treatment plans, according to a UPI report.
This simple adjustment could have huge implications for the medical community, and especially patients who won’t have to suffer long treatment periods that are often exhausting, both physically and mentally.
Women who receive conventionally fractioned whole breast irradiation — also known as CF-WBI — receive smaller doses of radiation over a longer time. Hypofractionated whole breast irradiation (HF-WBI), on the other hand, would hit the tumor with a high dose of radiation over a shorter time frame.
The result was excellent: without any loss in effectiveness, the patients who got the shorter treatment had less difficulty caring for their families and therefore a higher quality of life, which tend to be a big priority for women who have to endure breast cancer radiation.
The research was performed by the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, which said in a statement that many of those with early stage breast cancer are busy working moms who are juggling lots of responsibilities and often can’t afford to be saddled with long, exhausting treatments.
The findings were published in the journal JAMA Oncology and featured 287 women who had early-stage breast cancer, randomly splitting them between the two treatment options. Patients who got HF-WBI had 30 percent less incidences of dermatitis, 19 percent reported less breast paint, and 8 percent had less fatigue.