Single week of adjuvant breast radiotherapy 'effective'

But patient selection would be important, commentators say

One week of hypofractionated radiotherapy after surgery for breast cancer is not inferior to a standard three-week schedule, according to results from a UK clinical trial.

Breast cancer radiotherapy

In the FAST-Forward trial, 4096 women post-breast conserving surgery or mastectomy were randomised to standard care radiotherapy of 40Gy in 15 sessions over three weeks or to one of two hypofractionated one-week regimens of five doses totalling 27Gy and 26Gy respectively.

Almost two-thirds of the