Woman is the first person with head and neck cancer in the UK to undergo radiotherapy DURING surgery

Mail Online | 6/27/2019 | Alexandra Thompson Senior Health Reporter For Mailonline
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A woman has become the first head and neck cancer patient in the UK to undergo radiotherapy during surgery to remove a recurring tumour.

Jayne Garrett, 53, has previously had chemo and radiotherapy, however, her cancer returned in 2015 and again two years later.

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In a bid to finally rid herself of the disease, Ms Garrett underwent surgery to remove the mass on April 25 at University Hospital Southampton (UHS).

After her tumour was excised, doctors immediately used a revolutionary machine called Mobetron to deliver 'intraoperative electron beam radiotherapy' (IOERT).

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With the diseased area exposed, medics could administer a 'focused' dose of radiation, with less risk of it 'scattering' to her healthy tissue.

Ms Garrett, of Salisbury, Wiltshire, is thought to be doing well and has suffered 'no side effects' for the first time in her cancer ordeal.

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Dr Nimesh Patel, a head and neck surgeon who performed the operation, said: 'For Mrs Garrett, who had previously received standard chemotherapy and radiotherapy, IOERT is an exciting treatment.

'We believe [it] will reduce her risk of cancer recurrence.'

Head - Neck - Cancer - Disease - People

Head and neck cancer is notoriously difficult to treat. The disease, which affected 11,045 new people in the UK in 2014-2016, has been found to reoccur up to 40 per cent of the time.

Around 65,410 people are expected to develop the condition this year in the US, statistics show.

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Surgery to remove these tumours can be 'as disfiguring as the tumour itself', according to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Speaking of recurring cases, Dr Shanmugasundaram Ramkumar, intraoperative radiotherapy lead at UHS, said: 'These patients have been treated previously with [a] high dose of radiotherapy and re-irradiation.'

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Re-irradiation is the repeated administration of radiotherapy to an area that has previously received the same treatment.

This can occur months or even years after the initial dose. Radiotherapy can be re-administered if...
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