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Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Expedited breast cancer treatment

During the COVID-19 pandemic, one thing that hasn’t stopped is the need for cancer treatment. While patients might be hesitant to leave their homes for weeks at a time for treatment, there is a fast-track treatment option at Mayo Clinic for some breast cancer patients. Certain low-risk breast cancer patients can now complete their surgery and radiation in less than 10 days.

On the Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Tina Hieken, a Mayo Clinic surgeon, explains how the expedited treatment program combines a pathologist’s mid-surgery confirmation that the cancer has not spread, with a type of partial breast radiation called brachytherapy.

This interview was recorded on May 26, 2020.

Learn more about brachytherapy: http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/brachytherapy/basics/definition/prc-20021316?_ga=2.151613178.2123968756.1590411654-1544106877.1584026764

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