Excessive Radiation Dosage for Cancer Patients

A new study recently published by JAMA (Dec 10) seems to suggest  that many U.S. patients still get radiation therapy for much longer than they need.  The data, involving millions of patients, found that 2/3 of breast cancer patients who’ve had breast-conserving surgery (lumpectomy) experience six to seven weeks of radiation therapy versus and alternative higher dose therapy, hypofractionated whole breast radiation, which lasts only 3 weeks.

Higher cumulative radiation dosage means higher risk.

For more details read the entire article at CBS News: http://cbsn.ws/1zUOjLj

 


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