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Date:11/27/2007

has applied for approval for a large-scale clinical trial from Health Canada (the equivalent of the US FDA) and will be applying for the same approval from the FDA. Researchers will then test the treatment in a randomized study of 228 patients who have large breast-cancer tumors. Patients will receive either chemotherapy alone or chemotherapy plus microwave heat treatments at one of six participating medical centers in the United States and Canada.

The patients who have the best results in cancer treatment, at least with breast cancer, are patients who have a sequence of different therapies, including chemotherapy, surgery, radiation, and hormones, said Dr. Hernan I. Vargas, associate professor of surgery at UCLA and lead author of the recent study. Each one of the treatments adds a little bit. The thermotherapy might be one more tool that helps us fight this disease.


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Contact: Elizabeth Thomson
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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