Accelerated partial breast irradiation valid alternative to whole breast irradiation in early breast cancer

Dr Strnad talks to ecancertv at ASTRO 2015 about the results of a phase III trial that compared accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI) using sole interstitial multicatheter brachytherapy versus whole breast irradiation for early breast cancer.

The primary endpoint was the 5-year local control rate and this showed that APBI was as good as whole breast irradiation. This is the first trial to prove non-inferiority of APBI in comparison to whole breast irradiation, Dr Strnad says in the interview. These potentially practice-changing data mean that it is a valid alterative treatment option to whole breast irradiation.

The results are now published in The Lancet.

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