Recommended shorter breast-radiation treatment catching on slowly

December 10, 2014 6:24 PM

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(Reuters Health) - Many early-stage breast cancer patients don’t get the recommended short course of radiation after surgery, even though it’s considered just as good as prolonged treatment, a new study finds.

“Only a third of women are getting a shorter course of radiation that has been found to be effective and no more toxic," said lead author Dr. Justin Bekelman, of the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia.

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