User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


19° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

KELOLAND.com | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

New Cancer Therapy

May 26, 2011, 6:09 PM by Peggy Moyer

New Cancer Therapy
SIOUX FALLS, SD - It's a big breakthrough in breast cancer treatment. And it's making life easier for cancer patients in KELOLAND.

This new radiation therapy targets cells when they are most exposed.

It's called Intra-operative Electron Beam Radiation Therapy. In short, when a patient has a lumpectomy, surgeons and oncologists share the operating room.

"We take the cancer out. We know exactly where the cancer was, we put the tissue edges back together and we bring a radiation machine in and we give a dose of radiation at that time," Dr. Julie Reiland with Comprehensive Breast Care said.

That dose is called a boost. It's a stronger beam of radiation than a person's skin could handle so it's delivered in the operating room while the incision is still open. The procedure, being conducted at the Avera Cancer Institute, is part of an international study.

Marlene Patrick underwent the treatment this week and looks forward to spending less time in radiation therapy because of it.

"The reason that six weeks is so tough is, especially for someone like Marlene is, she lives in Vivian. She'd have to drive here everyday, five days a week for a 20-minute treatment," Reiland said.

"It's amazing and I'll gladly, was willing to go through it if I can cut down for the other ladies, women that are coming up down the road," Reiland said.

Right now, the procedure decreases the amount of time a patient needs radiation by 50 percent. Reiland thinks it will be even less in the future.

"We think that someday we'll be giving a single dose of radiation in the operating room and not have to do any radiation afterwards," Reiland said.

Breast cancer patients need to be more than 40 years old to be eligible for this procedure. The type and size of the cancer are also factors.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

You may also like

Four Dead In Sisseton Shooting

11/22/2014 7:09 AM

South Dakota authorities are searching for a Sisseton man following a shooting early Saturday morning that left four people dead and another person in...

Full Story
UPDATE: Sisseton Homicide Suspect Found Dead In Home

11/22/2014 10:40 AM

Colter Richard Arbach has been located and identified as one of the four people shot and killed this morning in Sisseston.

Full Story
Sisseton In Shock After Shooting

11/22/2014 5:51 PM

It appears a Sisseton man killed three people and injured a fourth before killing himself early Saturday morning, according to the South Dakota A...

Full Story | Watch
Names Of Sisseton Shooting Victims Released

11/24/2014 10:32 AM

Authorities release the names of the people shot to death and hurt in Sisseton over the weekend.

Full Story
Three People Arrested For Deadly Stabbing In Wagner

11/23/2014 3:12 PM

Three people have been arrested after a deadly stabbing in Wagner.

Full Story


Events