9 minutes | Jun 2, 2020

Special Mayo Clinic Q&A episode: Expedited breast cancer treatment

Mayo Clinic Radio listeners: Mayo Clinic is committed to being a trusted source for COVID-19 health information. We will share COVID-19 (coronavirus) episodes from our other podcast, Mayo Clinic Q&A, here on this Mayo Clinic Radio platform. During the COVID-19 pandemic, one thing that hasn’t stopped is the need for cancer treatment. While patients might be hesitant to leave their homes for weeks at a time for treatment, there is a fast-track treatment option at Mayo Clinic for some breast cancer patients. Certain low-risk breast cancer patients can now complete their surgery and radiation in less than 10 days. On the Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Tina Hieken, a Mayo Clinic surgeon, explains how the expedited treatment program combines a pathologist's mid-surgery confirmation that the cancer has not spread, with a type of partial breast radiation called brachytherapy.
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