Expert weighs up new breast cancer therapy

Dr Patricia Fisher with the Linear Accelerator at Weston park Hospital

Dr Patricia Fisher with the Linear Accelerator at Weston park Hospital

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A Sheffield cancer expert has given a cautious welcome to a new breast cancer treatment which promises to replace long radiotherapy sessions with a single, targeted shot.

The treatment, given approval for NHS use in draft guidance by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, would benefit up to 36,000 people nationwide.

The technique, called intra-operative radiation, is suitable only for patients who have caught their cancer early.

 

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