posted on Feb, 15 2011 @ 04:19 AM
This is how my mom's breast cancer was knocked out back in 1995. UIC Medical, if I remember right.
Such treatment still isn't that perfect though. The paths of the beams still have some latent damage even if not destroying healthy tissue. It's
something like a sunburn, and if passing near some more sensitive parts like lymph nodes requires a bit more monitoring. In other words, even though
the treatment itself isn't long, the hospital will keep somebody around and on antibiotics for about a week until things are closer to being normal
before releasing them. Still beats intensive chemo though.
Cool that the U.K. is getting beam therapy in their treatment arsenal. But by no means entirely new. (They may have narrower and more precise beams
now, but the technology in general has been around for a good while.)