An advanced treatment for early stage breast cancer has emerged which sees the disease being destroyed with fewer side effects than usual.
The research, led by the Cambridge University found that targeting tumors directly through radiotherapy is a successful method in treating the whole breast.
This means that women could be treated just as effectively but experience fewer changes to their boobs.
The treatment is easy to administer with existing radiotherapy machines available across UK.
Experts have welcomed the results as a major step forward in improving quality of life for patients without reducing the likelihood of them being cured,
The technique can be carried out on standard radiotherapy machines and the results mightl lead to further uptake of the treatment at centres across the country and worldwide.'
The research was led by the Institute of Cancer Research in London and the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Centre.
The researchers found that after five years almost all the women across the groups survived and did not develop cancer, but those who had only part of their breast treated had fewer side effects.
Women who received the targeted treatment – partial breast radiotherapy – reported fewer long-term changes to the look and feel of their breast.