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Reduced radiotherapy is as effective as whole breast treatment for early breast cancer, study finds

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: (Published 04 August 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3759
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Targeting radiotherapy to the original tumour site or using a reduced dose to treat the whole breast is associated with a similarly low rate of local relapse as standard radiotherapy to the whole breast and fewer long term adverse effects in women treated for early breast cancer, a large randomised UK trial has found.1

Breast radiotherapy after breast conserving surgery halves the risk of recurrence of the cancer in patients with early breast cancer. Whole breast radiotherapy is the current standard of care in the UK, as well …

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