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New breast cancer treatment may save lives, cut down treatment time

A new form of radiation may become the next big breast cancer treatment, Staho.com reports.

The GammaPod system was invented by entrepreneur Cedric Yu, who received a $3.5 million small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Yu has stated that the machine uses a high dose of radiation to eliminate tumor cells, and patients may only need three treatments as opposed to three full months of radiation.

The machine may also cut down on the need for surgery and increase one's overall odds of beating the disease.

According to the news outlet, Yu has said that he hopes for the system to be approved by the end of the year. However, changing the current format of breast cancer treatment may be a tough battle.

In the meantime, women should make sure to continue self-breast exams in order to ensure early detection of the disease. Analysts believe that the five-year survival rate for stage one breast cancer is 95 percent for most patients.
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