Shorter radiotherapy course just as effective for treating breast cancer, research finds

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 20 September 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5719
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Fewer, higher doses of radiotherapy given over a shorter treatment time are as safe and effective at treating early breast cancer as a longer course, the 10 year results of two large studies have confirmed.

The results of the UK Standardisation of Breast Radiotherapy (START) trials confirm the earlier five year findings and support current practice in the United Kingdom. A short course of 15 treatments given over three weeks …

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