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Beaumont Health System Research: Accelerated Breast Radiation Treatment Provides Same Outcomes after 10 Years
Date:11/18/2013

t her back to normal health so she could enjoy her anniversary trip.”

Evans agreed to enroll in the clinical trial of radiation treatment called accelerated partial breast irradiation, or APBI, to kill breast cancer cells that may have remained after lumpectomy surgery. APBI via brachytherapy is an outpatient treatment, where Evans had 17 hollow tubes, or catheters, placed into her breast where the tumor was located and removed. A radioactive seed of high activity or intensity was then used to treat the breast twice daily for five days.

Evans says the treatment was painless. She explains, “I felt no pain. It looked like they just inserted long knitting needles on one side of the breast that came out the other.”

And, there were no side effects.

“I returned twice every day for one week and felt fine. Two days later I was driving down to Florida,” says Evans.

Today, the treatment Evans received has been perfected. The Beaumont breast cancer team now places a single-entry catheter containing a soft balloon that once inside the breast delivers radiation treatment.

While Evans, an avid gardener, golfer and grandmother, has had no recurrence and has stayed cancer-free for more than a decade, she continues to get regular mammograms and follow-up care with Dr. Chen.

“Dr. Chen and I go back 13 years. He’s always been very conscientious, pleasant and is very knowledgeable. I’m glad I was able to participate in his trial,” says Evans who has since participated in two additional, unrelated studies. “I strongly believe in them. I feel it’s a contribution that I can make. In order to advance medicine, we have to participate in the research. It is certainly worthwhile.”

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