New Guidelines Established for Partial Breast Radiation in Cancer Patients

New Guidelines Established for Partial Breast Radiation in Cancer Patients
Experts have published updated guidelines for the appropriate and safe use of accelerated partial-breast irradiation (APBI) in the treatment of breast cancer. The study with the guidelines, “The American Brachytherapy Society consensus statement for accelerated partial-breast irradiation,” was published in the journal Brachytherapy. Patients with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) and early-stage invasive breast cancer first undergo breast-conserving surgery and then adjuvant radiation. APBI, a targeted therapy, is an alternative to the standard whole-breast irradiation, delivered through brachytherapy or through external radiation to the specific part of the breast from where the tumor was extracted. With this method, the entire breast does not undergo radiation, and the time a patient undergoes radiation therapy is reduced. Also, less healthy tissue is targeted, and the method has fewer side effects. Chirag Shah, MD, and a group of doctors appointed by the American Brachytherapy Society developed a set of APBI guidelines based on recent data to provide clinicians recommendations for selecting which patients to treat with APBI and the different techniques that can be used. The guidelines are based on extensive research of both literature and clinical experience. Among the updates, younger patients are now allowed to undergo this procedure, along with DCIS patients. This significantly expands the number of people eligible for the therapy. Experts now recomm
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