NHS Approves "One Shot" Cancer Blast to Replace Weeks of Radiotherapy

By Gary Cutlack on at

The group that decides what treatments are allowed to be dished out by the NHS has approved a new form of radiation treatment, with the intra-operative radiation therapy hopefully providing a one-time blast to obliterate the remnants of breast cancer in those diagnosed early enough.

It works by having a probe inserted into the breast during surgery to remove cancerous cells, which sits there zapping away at the remains to directly attack the site of the cancer. The localised attack may help reduced damage caused to nearby parts of the body that can be caused by traditional radiotherapy. [BBC]

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