Breast cancer patients in the early stages of the disease who opt to keep their breasts may qualify for a new treatment that cuts six weeks of radiotherapy to one single session of up to 40 minutes.
The new radiotherapy regime is only suitable for some early-stage breast cancer patients. The tumour size must be smaller than 3 cm in diameter, and the cancer should not have spread to the lymph nodes. Patients must also be above 50 years old. Other factors include how aggressive the tumour is, and the patient’s responsiveness to hormone treatment, said surgical oncologist Dr Ong Kong Wee.
Excerpt from article published on 26 Sep 2012, The Straits Times.