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Cancer Centers of North Carolina Offers New 5-Day Breast Cancer Therapy
Date:10/28/2009

RALEIGH, N.C., Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Cancer Centers of North Carolina and Carolina Breast Care Specialists are the first cancer facilities in Raleigh to offer the SAVI(TM) applicator, an advanced therapy for breast cancer as part of breast-conservation therapy. The SAVI applicator can provide important advantages for women with early-stage breast cancer and is designed to make the benefits of breast-conservation therapy and brachytherapy available to more women.

Breast-conservation therapy includes lumpectomy- the surgical removal of the cancerous tissue within the breast plus tissue immediately around the tumor - followed by radiotherapy. This approach is an alternative to mastectomy, which removes the entire breast and is often followed by breast reconstruction. The new SAVI applicator delivers a form of radiation therapy known as breast brachytherapy. This multi-catheter applicator treats the tissue surrounding the lumpectomy cavity from the inside out. The device is inserted into the lumpectomy cavity through a small incision. The physician then gently expands the bundle of catheters so the radiation dose will conform to the size and shape of the area to be treated.

This approach, is an alternative to traditional breast-conservation radiotherapy. Breast brachytherapy typically involves two treatments per day for only five days. This shorter time frame makes brachytherapy more convenient than traditional, external-beam radiation which is delivered daily five times a week and takes approximately six weeks. In addition, breast brachytherapy with SAVI can minimize radiation exposure of healthy tissue, such as the skin, heart, lungs and ribs.

"This technology overcomes the limitations of older single catheter balloon brachytherapy devices. SAVI makes it possible for us to provide more appropriately selected women breast brachytherapy," said Kolby Sidhu M.D., radiation oncologist.

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