New breast cancer treatment coming to Hudson Valley Hospital Center
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The Hudson Valley Hospital Center in Cortlandt will soon be able to offer new technology to its patients to help them battle and hopefully overcome breast cancer.
The procedure is called inter-operative radiation therapy, and it's for women whose breast cancer is caught early and who have the option of a lumpectomy. Just after surgeons remove the tumor, the device can deliver radiation to the affected area while the patient is still on the operating table, doctors say.
Dee Curtis, of Peekskill, who underwent the procedure at another hospital, credited the operation with saving her life.
"It give you your life back," she said. "You walk away with a sense that the cancer is taken care of before you leave the hospital, so I think it's vital."
The technology is expensive and one machine can cost more than $400,000. State Sen. Greg Ball Thursday presented the hospital with a $150,000 state grant to offset some of the costs.
The device should be ready to treat breast cancer patients by the middle of next month.