Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Robotic radiosurgery expanded to breast cancer


>>The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center has completed the first of 45 planned post-lumpectomy high-beam radiation treatment as part of a clinical trial to assess the effectiveness of the focused, shorter-course treatment.

The Dallas-based University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center trial will investigate Accuray’s CyberKnife System, already in use for head and neck radiation oncology procedures, for use in women with localized early-stage breast cancer following successful lumpectomies.


Led by Robert Timmerman, MD, professor of radiation oncology at UT Southwestern, the researchers will evaluate patients over the next 10 years for tumor recurrences as well as cosmetic changes, for which the system is purported to deliver improved results.

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