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Shorter Radiotherapy Course Reduces Risk of Bladder Cancer Returning

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Giving people with bladder cancer fewer but larger doses of radiation reduces the risk of their disease returning and should be adopted as the new standard of care, a new study shows.

Patients who received a shorter course of radiotherapy for bladder cancer that had invaded the surrounding muscles had a significantly lower risk of their cancer coming back than patients on a longer course.

Delivering larger but fewer doses of radiotherapy, and a reduced overall dose of radiation, did not increase the risk of side effects compared with those who received larger ...