Proton beam radiation being evaluated for breast cancer treatment
Jun 22, 2011
Scientists at the Loma Linda University Medical Center in California are looking at study results in relation to the proton beam radiation, a new form of treatment for breast cancer patients that is yielding almost no side effects, according to the Washington Post.
“The study results show that we are able to offer early stage breast cancer patients a treatment program that is less risky and can be completed in less time. The size of the radiation area is reduced significantly, lessening radiation exposure to the heart, lungs and other parts of the body," David Bush, vice chairman of Loma Linda's department of radiation, said in a statement, according to the news source.
Fifty women were involved in the Loma Linda study. There was a 90 percent survival rate over five years for women who received the proton beam radiation treatment. Scientists say that the compared to standard radiation, this new form of treatment is much more targeted, an element that also helps to reduce length of treatment.
More than 200,000 women are diagnosed annually of breast cancer in the U.S., according to the American Cancer Society.