Partial Breast Radiotherapy For Breast Cancer

Grant number: 454391 | Funding period: 2007 - 2009

Completed

Abstract

Breast conserving therapy (BCT) is an accepted treatment option for most women with early breast cancer. Whole breast irradiation (WBI) after breast conserving surgery substantially reduces the risk of breast recurrence. However, the prolonged 5-7 week course of WBI substantially decreases the quality of life (QoL) experienced by women and is a logistical problem particularly for the elderly and women who reside far from a radiotherapy (RT) facility. In order to improve the access and convenience of BCT, accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI) is being investigated. Research shows that 75% of the breast recurrences occur at the tumour bed after BCT implying that in selected women, RT m..

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