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Research might turn radiation for breast cancer upside down

September 7, 2012 | by

Photo of older woman lying face downMost women undergoing radiation for breast cancer lie on their backs during treatment, but a new study out of New York might flip that practice. It suggests that most women would have fewer side effects if they lie face down.

Radiation therapy uses high-energy beams, like X-rays, against cancer cells. Unfortunately, the beams can hit surrounding normal tissues in the heart and lungs. That causes side effects from coughing to chronic heart damage. So doctors and researchers are continually looking for ways to improve treatments.

That may be as simple as telling patients to flip over.

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