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Diane G. Cope

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CJON 2002, 6(4), 191-192. DOI: 10.1188/02.CJON.191-192

Two studies highlighting new brachytherapy devices were presented at the 87th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America in November 2001. They demonstrated that devices that deliver radiation therapy directly to the lumpectomy site of early-stage breast cancer drastically reduce the time needed for radiotherapy after surgery. The direct-to-the site, internal radiation also could decrease some symptoms of conventional external radiotherapy, such as skin irritation, blistering, and overall discomfort of the area.

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