Medical Minute: Targeting Breast Cancer

The American Cancer Society says more than 211,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year. The fight against breast cancer continues with a new study that shows a radiation technique rarely used in the United States has several benefits.

Earlier this year, Suanne Knopf's life hit a speed bump when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

"I was an interstate person. I was a go, and I had a very full schedule, and I'm now more down to a, I'd call it a Sunday rural," says Suzanne.

These days, she has time to sit and read, one chapter for each day of her cancer treatment, 35 total. She can relax knowing her therapy is showing success.

Earlier studies show standard radiation with photons or x-rays can increase the risk of heart disease. Results just released on electron radiation show the reduced penetration doesn't hurt the heart, or the procedure also showed excellent disease control and survival rates, all without damaging the heart.

Any news is good news for Suanne, a teacher who's also weaving her basket business between treatments.

For more information, contact:

The Department of Radiology
The University of Florida

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