New Treatment Reduces Need for Mastectomies in Breast Cancer Patients

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Forthcoming research carried out at the University of Oklahoma to be published in the Annals of Surgical Oncology concluded that a new treatment not only killed large cancer tumors but also reduced the need for mastectomies by almost 90%. Dr William Dooley is leading a group of researchers from The University of Oklahoma and 4 other research sites who are working on a treatment called Focused Microwave Thermotherapy.
In their current research, they tested the therapy on tumors that were from one inch to one and a half inches in size that usually require mastectomies. Using the heating therapy within two hours of giving chemotherapy, tumors were more suceptible to chemotherapy and shrunk rapidly. The percentage of patients needing mastectomies were reduced from 75% to 7%. The researchers plan to repeat the trials to see if the therapy is effective on tumors larger that 1 1/2 inches but smaller than 5 inches.

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