Novel Treatment for Breast Cancer

Motion S4M-13656: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour
That the Parliament understands that the use of intrabeam radiotherapy has the potential to substantially reduce the burden of radiotherapy in the treatment of women with breast cancer; recognises that this novel treatment was first tried at the Middlesex Hospital in 1998 and is now being undertaken routinely in the US, Germany, Australia, France and other countries; welcomes the guidance issued by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence in July 2014 recommending a single dose intrabeam radiotherapy at the time of surgery to replace 15 sessions of post-operative radiotherapy; appreciates that this decision was taken after a randomised controlled trial led by University College London, the TARGIT-A trial, which was published in 2010 and showed at five year follow up in 2014 that results were not inferior to the previous 15 session treatment, and invites the Scottish Government to support the implementation of this new therapy for the benefit of patients and in the expectation of substantial savings in resource to the NHS.