Advancing breast cancer care

UT Southwestern Medical Center now offers more precise radiation treatments for breast cancer with a new, cutting-edge device that is only the second of its kind in the world. Read story

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[Narrator] It's a disease that puts about one in eight American women at risk. Breast cancer.

I think people should know that today cancer is no longer an automatic death sentence.

[Narrator] Thanks to research and pioneering technology that has UT Southwestern Medical Center advancing cancer care.

[Asal] UT Southwestern Medical Center is only the second institution in the world to have this device.

[Narrator] The GammaPod.

It's a special stereotactic radiation machine that can treat breast cancer.

[Announcer] A patient's breast is fitted with a vacuum-assisted cup, similar to one used during breastfeeding. That holds the breast perfectly still during treatment, so higher doses of radiation are targeted at pinpoint areas, smaller than three stacked pennies.

The benefit of it is that we're delivering a very high dose of radiation to a small area, and we're able to protect other normal tissues such as the lung, the heart, the ribs, the skin, which would be nearby in many breast cancer cases that we would treat.

[Announcer] Treatment is reduced from four to six weeks to one to five days.

We are co-chairing the GammaPod consortium, which essentially is spearheading many clinical trials that will be conducted and started. We are the principal investigators on some of these trials that we will be able to offer to the general public.

[Announcer] Innovations in patient care designed to improve breast cancer treatment, and lengthen lives.