Thursday, July 17, 2014
(Colorado Springs, CO) -- Memorial Hospital-University of Colorado Health is using a new type of radiation therapy for breast cancer patients, that's more convenient. Typically breast-cancer patients who get a lumpectomy, or a tumor removed, undergo six weeks of radiation therapy daily to destroy cancerous cells possibly left behind after surgery. With the Intraoperative Radiation Therapy procedure, the radiation's given with a balloon device in one hospital visit, after the tumor is removed and it's less expensive than doing it in several visits. Memorial's the first hospital in southern Colorado to use this process.