Len Rome’s Local Health: Radiation treatments for breast cancer patients

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Ohio State researchers hope their study will encourage more hospitals to offer partial breast radiation

(WYTV) – Breast cancer patients face hard decisions about treatments, but a new option may help make that decision a little easier, if the disease is in it’s early stage.

This option may allow patients to have surgery to conserve their breast tissue and keep the follow-up treatments less intense.

Doctors at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center suggest a lumpectomy followed by targeted radiation treatments.

“It really facilitates more women having access to good radiation so that if they want to preserve their breast, they’re able to,” said Dr. Julia White.

While partial breast radiation is not an option for every patient, it does give more women a less intense, yet effective choice when deciding if a lumpectomy is right for them.

Ohio State researchers hope their study will encourage more hospitals to offer partial breast radiation.

Some women might say, let’s do a mastectomy out of fear. Offering more choices that can be just as successful in getting rid of the cancer can make their decisions easier.

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