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6.27.08

Lifewatch: Cervical Cancer

MIAMI -- This year, more than 11,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with cervical cancer.  Worldwide, more than half a million women will learn they have the disease.

One doctor is hoping to change those statistics with a new device that is already saving lives.

The good news about cervical cancer is that it can usually be cured.

Doctor Aaron Wolfson has developed a safer, more effective alternative called gynocyte.

"It allows us to give a very intense amount of radiation to the tumor with little damage to the nearby and normal tissues," said Dr. Wolfson.

The device, which stays in for three days, is much easier to insert.

"You can give enough dose to cure the cancer without harming the patient," said Dr. Wolfson.

The gynocyte was just FDA approved and doctors and hospitals across the country now have access to the device.

 

Reported by Kristy Ondo

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