Take a deep breath! The simple but ingenious new way to protect women with breast cancer from the risks of radiotherapy

A new radiotherapy technique that protects women with breast cancer from life-threatening side-effects could soon be available to more patients. The technique, called deep inspiration breath hold, essentially means patients take a deep breath and hold it just before each radiotherapy dose is delivered.  This protects the heart from damage caused by the radiation. The breath holding technique has been shown to be a ‘very effective technique in reducing long-term side effects’ for women with left-sided breast cancer who have radiotherapy, says Professor Pat Price, a radiation oncologist and chair of Action Radiotherapy.
Daily Mail