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BREAST CANCER KILLED OFF WITH LASER BLAST; Tumours zapped in 45 mins.

Byline: DANNY BUCKLAND mirrornews@mirror.co.uk

A "REVOLUTIONARY" laser treatment could tackle breast cancer in just one day.

The beam, which would save the NHS PS50million, could put an end to the current drawn-out process, which involves up to 30 post-operative visits, including radiotherapy sessions.

Consultant Mo Keshtgar, part of the UK research team, said: "We feel this technology will revolutionise the way we treat early stage breast cancer."

He said trials show Intrabeam is as effective as traditional methods. The burst of X-rays targeting the breast tumour takes 45 minutes, with 85% of patients needing no further treatment.

Experts say it could be standard procedure within five years and that patients could be treated as day cases, saving PS50million on follow-ups. Surgeon Naim Kadoglou, of Ealing Hospital, West London, said: "The stress of having to come back in for follow-ups is immense. This will remove a lot of the anxiety."

The treatment is currently only available privately and on trials, but will now be considered by health regulator NICE for use by the NHS.

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