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Shorter, More Intense Radiation OK for Some Breast Cancers
Date:11/4/2009

small, with 60 percent of those who didn't get the extra radiation still alive, and 63 percent of those who got it surviving.

Most radiation oncologists are reluctant to radiate the internal mammary nodes, Vora explained, because of their proximity to the heart.

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SOURCES: Manjeet Chadha, M.D., associate chair, radiation oncology, Beth Israel Hospital, and associate professor, radiation oncology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, both in New York City; Nayana L. Vora, M.D., professor, radiation oncology, and associate member, developmental cancer therapeutics program, City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center, Duarte, Calif.


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