One in nine Dutch women develops breast cancer. It is the most common cancer in women. Every year, more than 12,000 people are told they have breast cancer. Thanks to a collaboration between UMC Utrecht and Philips, the treatment of breast cancer will probably be less onerous for the patient in the future. UMC Utrecht and Philips have started an investigation into a new treatment for breast cancer. By heating breast tumors with ultrasound, tumor cells die. In this way, patients can be treated without surgery. The first treatment of a patient with this technique has already taken place.
In the first phase of the research, the image quality of the system, the safety and the accuracy of the technique will be investigated. From now on, in a scientific study, women with breast cancer are treated via ultrasound. After that, a normal operation is performed to check the accuracy of the treatment.
If these studies show that the ultrasound treatment is safe and works well, it could become a normal breast cancer treatment in a few years. Intervention radiologist and research leader Prof. Maurice van den Bosch expects that a quarter of breast cancer patients may be eligible for treatment. “These are patients with small breast tumors that have not spread. What is special is that the skin remains completely intact because everything can be done from the outside: operate without cutting. ”
The ultrasound treatment came about thanks to a close collaboration between UMC Utrecht and Philips. The company has developed a globally unique system that is tailored to the anatomy of the female breast.
Source: UMC Utrecht