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[Correspondence] Intraoperative radiation therapy for breast cancer: a patient’s view

I am among the 500 or so women in the UK who are lucky enough to have received intraoperative radiation therapy, which was pioneered in London, UK. During my breast cancer treatment in July, 2012, a single long burst of radiation was delivered precisely into the tumour bed while the wound was open after lumpectomy. The next morning I was discharged from hospital. I was at my desk 2 days later and have continued in excellent health since then. Hence, I was dismayed to find that, in their Comment (Jan 16, p 201),1 Coles and Yarnold make no mention of intraoperative radiation therapy as a treatment option.

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