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By: Sahar El-Hodiri
By: Sahar El-Hodiri

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There may be a link between diabetes and breast cancer. A new study from Harvard Medical School finds women with type 2 diabetes are 17% more likely to develop breast cancer than those without diabetes.

Researchers say the link between the two is not clear. One theory is the high levels of insulin in diabetics' blood may somehow promote breast cancer.

Instead of 6 weeks of radiation therapy for breast cancer, new technology means you're done with your treatment within a week. But how well does it work?

"For properly selected patients it looks favorable." says Radiation Oncologist Dr. Grant Rine.

MammoSite is now available at Wesley Medical Center. It uses internal radiation and targets a smaller area of the breast, minimizing exposure to healthy tissue.

After a lumpectomy, doctors place a catheter with an inflatable balloon at the tumor site. A tiny radioactive seed moves up the catheter. It sends radiation through the balloon to the tumor site and the surrounding area where tumors are most likely to recur.

Early data shows MammoSite is safe and effective, but doctors don't know the long-term results.

Dr. Grant Rine says, "If they want to do this we're saying you have to take some risk that there might be less effective or it might create complications that we aren't not aware of at this time."

For more information about MammoSite, call 688-2920.

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