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A radiation treatment for cancer that is pain and side effect free

December 1, 2005

By: Jinah Kim

Undated--Nancy Bushnell has no time. Not only is she about to open up her own theme restaurant in Los Angeles, she's also a mother of six.

So when she was diagnosed with breast cancer Bushnell sought out Dr. Melvin Silverstein at the University of Southern California's Norris Cancer Center.

Silverstein and Dr. Dennis Holmes are conducting clinical trials of "Targit," an intraoperative radiotherapy that allows a breast cancer patient to get her radiation in 30 minutes versus the traditional treatment of about 35 days.

It's been two months since Bushnell underwent Targit and there's no more cancer, no side effects.

This clinical trial is open to any woman in the U.S. over the age of 40 who has an invasive cancer about the size of a quarter or smaller that has not spread.

Holmes and Silverstein hope in a few years, this will be the standard treatment for all breast cancer patients. For now, it's making the lives of women like Nancy Bushnell a little bit easier.

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