With new developments in breast cancer, treatment times are also significantly shortened. Anadolu Medical Center General Surgery Specialist and Director of Breast Health Center, who stated that the 6-week radiotherapy period in the treatment of breast cancer decreased to 30 minutes thanks to intraoperative radiotherapy applied during the surgery. Dr. Metin Çakmakçı said, “Breast conserving surgery methods are becoming widespread every day in the treatment of breast cancer. The lymph node surgery performed under the armpit is gradually decreasing, ”he said.
Emphasizing that with today's radiotherapy applications in the treatment of breast cancer, they are now focusing on interventions with less intensity, less dose, less area and shorter periods of time, Anadolu Health Center Radiation Oncology Specialist and Radiation Oncology Director Prof. Dr. Hale Başak Çağlar said, "Our priority is not to reduce the quality of life while extending the life of the patient."
Anadolu Medical Center Radiation Oncology Specialist and Radiation Oncology Director, explaining that in the treatment of breast cancer, a surgical procedure is performed first to remove the tumor and then radiation therapy is applied for 4-6 weeks. Dr. Hale Başak Çağlar and General Surgery Specialist and Breast Health Center Director Prof. Dr. Metin Çakmakçı said, “In eligible patients, instead of irradiating the whole breast, 'partial breast irradiation', which means irradiating only the periphery of the tumor, allows patients to be treated in a shorter time and to have less side effects. Intraoperative radiotherapy, which is one of the partial breast irradiation methods, that is, the radiotherapy performed during the surgery, extends the duration of the whole operation by 15-20 minutes and reduces the 6-week radiation therapy to 30 minutes ”.
Breast cancer, a cancer that no longer scares with new treatments
Underlining that breast conserving surgical methods are becoming widespread in the treatment of breast cancer, Radiation Oncology Specialist and Radiation Oncology Director Prof. Dr. Hale Başak Çağlar and General Surgery Specialist and Breast Health Center Director Prof. Dr. Metin Çakmakçı said, “The lymph node surgery performed under the armpit is gradually decreasing. All these make the problem of lymphedema much less experienced. Breast cancer is a very common disease; the most common cancer in women. The good news is that there is a lot of research on breast cancer. There are many developments in both diagnosis and treatment methods. Treatment options according to the types of breast cancer are also changing day by day and personalized treatments come to the fore. When conscious behaviors such as the fact that we better distinguish women whose breast cancer risk is higher than average, that women know their breast structures better, become aware of the changes in their breasts and have preventive breast screening when the time comes, combined with today's medical technology, breast cancer becomes a type of cancer that does not scare. .
6-week radiotherapy session is reduced to a single session
Emphasizing that the reduction of radiotherapy times compared to the past is an important factor that increases the quality of the treatment. Dr. With Hale Başak Çağlar, Prof. Dr. Metin Çakmakçı said, “Unnecessary armpit teleportation is already a thing of the past. In this way, patients no longer experience conditions such as swelling in the arms, in other words, lymphedema. Radiotherapy method, known as intraoperative radiotherapy, applied during surgery is one of the important innovations that shorten the treatment times ”. Drawing attention to the fact that the radiotherapy, which must be given after the surgery, is applied during the surgery in patients who undergo breast conserving surgery thanks to this method. Dr. With Hale Başak Çağlar, Prof. Dr. Metin Çakmakçı said, “Thus, 6-week treatment is reduced to a single session, and the area where the tumor is located can be observed much better and a more accurate treatment can be applied. In addition, radiotherapy performed immediately after surgery is more effective without allowing the tumor cells that may remain behind to multiply. However, this treatment can still be recommended for patients with certain characteristics; therefore, patient selection remains the most critical point ”.
Side effects decrease, quality of life increases in treatment
Underlining that with the developments in radiotherapy, radiation can now be given to a much more limited area, only to the tumor. Dr. Hale Başak Çağlar said, “In this way, especially in breast cancer patients, the heart is not affected negatively, and side effects are seen much less in the patient. Now, it is important to intervene in less intensity, less dose, less areas and shorter times. Because the priority is not to reduce the quality of life while extending the patient's life span. This approach introduces patients to a treatment process that is too comfortable to break away from their daily business and social lives. Radiation patients no longer have problems such as skin burns, and they can even enjoy the sea after treatment in the summer months, ”he said.
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