Progress in the War Against Breast Cancer - Tri-State News, Weather & Sports

Progress in the War Against Breast Cancer

Web Producer: Amber Griswold

New treatments, like wands that deliver heat, cold or even electricity, kill tumors without cutting, and spare a woman of disfiguring surgery.

Using ultrasound or MRI imaging, doctors locate and then zap tumors with a laser, liquid nitrogen or radio frequency heat.

Early research suggests the treatment is effective for small tumors.

Another treatment may help reduce or even eliminate the need for weeks of follow-up radiation after a lumpectomy.

Breast Brachytherapy places a tiny radioactive seed inside the breast at the site where the tumor once was. The treatment takes less than a week and has fewer side effects than traditional radiation therapy.

For more information about the treatments under study, log onto www.rsna.org .

And remember you can join the fight against breast cancer by joining Newswatch, Sunday September 19th at Eastland Mall for the Komen Evansville Race for the Cure.

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