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New cancer treatment optionSubmitted: 04/04/2014
Story By Dan McKinney


WAUSAU - You can treat cancer many different ways, but a new treatment offered in the Northwoods is having positive results. HDR Brachytherapy is available at Aspirus Regional Cancer Center in Wausau.

It's a type of radiation treatment that cuts down on patient treatment times. It also means fewer visits to the hospital.

"What Brachy means is putting it in contact with in this case with the tumor," says Jeff Masten, Aspirus Chief Physicist. "This is a special technique that's used in gynecological cases in pulmonary or lung cancers sometimes, prostate cancers, and then breast cancer."

Not every type of cancer can be treated with HDR Brachytherapy. The HDR stands for high dose rate. The radiation is so intense doctors can't be in the same room during treatment. Doctors can use the treatment on many different cancers.

"This actually is a robot," says Masten. "We program it so that a runs the source out on a long flexible wire into an applicator which varies depending on the type of cancer we're treating, breast, lung or gynecological or prostate."

Aspirus has been using Brachytherapy since August.




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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 02/24/2017

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About 4.2 inches of snow has fallen already as a winter storm warning is in effect until 6:00 AM Saturday. We'll keep you up to date and let you know what to expect until tomorrow morning.

If you think brushing the snow off your car is a hassle for you, just think about what it's like for car dealerships to brush off multiple cars. We'll take you to a Rhinelander auto dealer and find out how the process works.

We'll take you to Tomahawk to hear from local officials about their take of the Police seizures bill that Wisconsin legislatures are proposing.

We'll bring you the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.

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Those rules protect transgender students' right to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity, even if that is different than their gender assigned at birth.

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A snow storm that's dumped more than 10 inches of snow in parts of Wisconsin since Thursday missed the Hayward and Cable area where the annual cross-country race is held. Officials say record high temperatures and rain recently have left the Birkie course unsafe for a race on Saturday.

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CHICAGO - A federal appeals court hears arguments in a pair of cases involving Wisconsin's voting laws.

The U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals was hearing arguments Friday in the cases that involve Wisconsin's voter ID and early voting laws.

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MADISON - The white Madison police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager will continue working behind the scenes and not return to active patrol.

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NORTHWOODS - Friday's snowstorm will keep student athletes on edge during their playoff games over the weekend. 

The girls' basketball playoffs continue on Friday, but if schools cancel games it could cause some problems on the court.

Lakeland is scheduled to play Mosinee at home on Friday.

If school gets canceled, Friday's game would move to Saturday and the regional final game would move to Sunday.

This leaves players with one fewer day to prepare for the sectional finals.

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