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Now, no amputation to cure breast cancers

Bollywood actor Dia Mirza, during the launch of a book on breast cancer, 'Prerna', in Mumbai. File photo: PTI.

Bollywood actor Dia Mirza, during the launch of a book on breast cancer, 'Prerna', in Mumbai. File photo: PTI.

A Goa-based doctor has invented a technology that can save women from amputating their cancer-infested breasts.

“The treatment, known as the Targeted Intra-operative Radiotherapy (TARGIT), can cure the fatal disease in just 25 minutes,” Jayant Vaidya, who is currently placed in UK, said.

TARGIT treats the tumour by delivering radiotherapy within the breast. The patient can go home the same day the surgery is conducted, he said.

Dr. Vaidya, who began his research during his stint at Tata Memorial hospital in Mumbai, later pursued it in University College at London.

He has also worked on Intra-beam machine used for brain treatment. “The machine was developed for application on breast in 1996-98,” he said.


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