Condensed Treatment Helps Rural Missouri Breast-Cancer Patients

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SPRINGFIELD - Doctors in Springfield say a new option for breast-cancer patients might help persuade more women, particularly in rural areas, to complete their radiation treatments. CoxHealth radiation oncologists say MammoSite radiation therapy is as safe and effective as traditional therapies and is more convenient. For women who undergo lumpectomies, the radiation treatment that follows is condensed from six to seven weeks of daily radiation to two treatments a day for five days. Under the treatment, radioactive pellets are inserted into a balloon that fills the tumor area. One oncologist says her first two patients were from Kimberling City and Branson, and that both "jumped" at the chance to take part. CoxHealth has treated about five patients so far, with three more in line.

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