WHAT ARE THE RISKS?
INFECTION, as with any surgery.
ABOUT 15 per cent of patients will still need normal radiotherapy as well.
THERE is a low risk of heart and lung damage.
ELINOR SAWYER, a consultant clinical oncologist, says: ‘As radiation is delivered
straight into the cavity left by the tumour, undetected cancer cells in the rest of the breast may be untreated. ‘Patients should be selected carefully for this treatment until we know more about it, but for patients with small tumours in only one area of the breast, it might work.’