In this medical video learn how these seeds are smaller than grains of rice but they're making a huge difference for some breast cancer patients.
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Jennifer Matthews: June McNamee counts her family among her many blessings. They were her lifeline when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. What she dreaded most was weeks of intensive radiation June McNamee : My son's next-door neighbor had breast cancer, and had radiation. She had skin discoloration, and she had burning Jennifer Matthews: So June jumped at the chance to join a clinical trial testing a new therapy. Instead of going in for weeks of intense radiation, June was injected with permanent radiation implants. In a one-time procedure, doctors insert needles in the breast that are loaded with small titanium seeds. Jean-Philippe Pignol: These seeds are radioactive and will treat the area for the next two months. Jennifer Matthews: The seeds continuously deliver the radiation until it's gone, and they don't have to be removed. That means patients have only one short procedure instead of weeks of disruption. In a study of 44 patients, all participants responded well and none had their cancer return. Jean-Philippe Pignol: Basically the patient can live a normal life. Go home, take care of kids. Do the normal things they want to do like going to work. June McNamee: I am doing the same lifestyle now that I had before I had the cancer. Jennifer Matthews: June resumes the busy roles of wife, mother and doting grandma. June McNamee: When you look at the little grandchildren, you want to be around. You want to be there for them Jennifer Matthews: And she believes this treatment will allow her that chance. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.