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Less frequent radiotherapy doses for breast cancer ‘could be beneficial’

25th September 2013

A new UK study has underlined the potential benefits of treating early-stage breast cancer with less frequent doses of radiotherapy.

Ten-year follow-up results for a major Cancer Research UK trial have been published in The Lancet Oncology, demonstrating the effectiveness of this new treatment approach among 4,500 women across the UK.

It confirmed that giving women a lower total dose of radiotherapy in 15 larger treatments was just as effective and safe as the 25-dose international standard following primary surgery for early breast cancer.

This shorter course of treatment means that patients will have to make fewer trips to hospital, while also creating cost-saving benefits for the NHS.

John Yarnold, professor of clinical oncology at the Institute of Cancer Research, said: "Some doctors may have been hesitant to change their practice on the basis of five-year results, but these long-term findings should convert those sceptics."

Last month, the government agreed a 30 million pound deal to acquire 20 state-of-the-art radiotherapy machines to ensure that NHS patients receive the best quality of care possible.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801641954-ADNFCR

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