New technology treating breast cancer quicker, less invasively

ATLANTIS, Fla. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - It's the most common form cancer in women and one hospital has found a revolutionary way to treat it.

JFK Hospital in Atlantis, Fla., is the only hospital in the country that has tried a new procedure that cuts breast cancer treatment from six weeks to one day.

Susan Rosser, 51, was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer in February. Faced with limited options, she didn't want to lose her breasts, so she sought a second opinion -- an opinion that would change her life.

She heard that Dr. Georges Hatoum was experimenting with what is called electron intraoperative radiation therapy, a procedure that radiates the exact tumor in the breast during surgery.

Dr. Hatoum says, "With this machine, we are able to offer the community the best technology available for cancer." That meant no months-long radiation treatments and no losing her breasts.

Rosser says she told the doctor, "Oh my god, I think I'm a candidate. I'd like to be your guinea pig. I'd like to be first."

The procedure is designed to be used on people in the early stages of their cancer -- upwards of 30 percent of all patients.

"I am very proud to take part in this innovative treatment that will deliver the best with least amount of time," Hatoum says.

Hatoum says he doesn't want to stop at breast cancer. He hopes it will be used to treat many other forms of cancer -- like pancreatic, head and neck cancer.