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Radiation Breakthrough Gives Breast Cancer Patients Hope in Single Dose
Date:11/18/2009

Cancer Treatment Centers of America will be First in Country to Offer New Technology from Italy

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- A radiation breakthrough to treat breast cancer patients in one day, as opposed to the current average of six weeks, has arrived at Cancer Treatment Centers of America(R) (CTCA) in Philadelphia. CTCA will become the first in the country to offer this treatment option using the Novac7 technology from Rome, Italy.

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Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT) technology allows patients to receive radiation treatment, delivered with the same power and precision as other advanced radiation techniques, while still in the operating room undergoing surgery, often without any additional outpatient radiation treatment visits, and with fewer side effects. IORT also offers patients better cosmetic results and improved quality of life as the need for additional radiation treatment is minimized or eliminated altogether.

"Women in Italy have had access to the therapeutic and quality of life benefits of IORT for years, but until this point, traditional breast cancer treatments in the United States involved surgery followed by 5-6 weeks of radiation or chemotherapy," said Director of Radiation Oncology Pablo Lavagnini, MD. "Sadly many women don't have access to radiation treatments and those who do are left struggling to juggle a demanding treatment regimen with work and family obligations at home. IORT offers a possible solution."


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