No recurrence of breast cancer in patients treated with new radiation techniques in northern NSW

A combination of three radiation techniques pioneered by Northern NSW Local Health District has seen encouraging results. The study of 155 breast cancer patients treated with these techniques has found that not one had a recurrence over five years. It also reported fewer side effects from the treatment.

The three techniques comprised:

  • Positioning of the patients face down for radiotherapy
  • The use of high intensity modulated radiation therapy
  • Hypofractionation – treating the patients daily across three to four weeks

The evaluation of the techniques has been published in the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists’ Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology. 

Associate Professor Tom Shakespeare who led the evaluation is hoping the results will inspire other cancer treatment centres to adopt the techniques used.

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