Breast Cancer Care comments on NICE recommendation of new breast cancer radiotherapy treatment

Commenting on draft guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published today (Friday 25 July 2014) on the use of intrabeam radiotherapy, Jackie Harris, Clinical Nurse Specialist at Breast Cancer Care said:

“Intrabeam radiotherapy is another exciting development and could dramatically improve the quality of life of some women diagnosed with breast cancer, but there is not yet evidence of its long term benefits.

“It’s also worth remembering single dose intrabeam radiotherapy will only be suitable for a small number of women having breast conserving surgery. It’s vital all women have access to clear information about the benefits and risks of this and other ways of delivering radiotherapy to allow them to make an informed choice.

“Anyone with questions about breast cancer treatment can call our free, confidential Helpline on 0808 800 6000.”

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