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Intraoperative radiation

http://media.soundmedicine.org/segments/112413_4.mp3

Traditional radiation for breast cancer patients usually involves six weeks of treatment after surgery. Community Health Network in Central Indiana is now offering INTRABEAM radiation to women with early-stage breast cancer. INTRABEAM radiation is a 20- to 30-minute dose of radiation applied directly to the cancerous area during surgery. S. Chace Lottich, M.D., a breast surgeon with Community Health Network, joins “Sound Medicine” to discuss the role of INTRABEAM therapy and its side effects, benefits and effectiveness.