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Short intensive radiation courses may work as well as standard ones

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a1843 (Published 29 September 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1843
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. 1Quebec

    A shorter, more intense course of radiation works as well as the longer standard course, two studies presented at a meeting of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology indicate.

    In one of the studies Canadian researchers found that radiation treatment called accelerated hypofractionated whole breast radiation, which took one to three weeks rather than the usual five to seven weeks, produced a return of cancer in 6.2% of patients after 10-12 years, similar to the 6.7% of patients in the standard treatment. …

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