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Clinical Benefits of Electronic Brachytherapy From Xoft Substantiated for the Treatment of Multiple Cancers
Date:6/14/2010

ntly at ASBS by Olga Ivanov, M.D., breast surgeon and medical director for Little Company of Mary's Comprehensive Breast Health Center.  The 12-month results suggest that IORT utilizing Xoft's Electronic Brachytherapy is emerging as a novel, patient and physician friendly alternative to Whole Radiation Therapy (WBRT) as well as APBI in a selected group of patients with early breast cancer.  At a mean follow-up of 12 months, overall results were encouraging with excellent scores achieved in cosmesis and patient satisfaction.  While long-term follow-up will continue, no recurrences have been observed to date.  

"I believe that giving a single fraction of radiation at the time of surgery is advantageous because it allows all the radiation to be delivered before any remaining tumor cells have a chance to grow and intensifies the dose to the part of the breast at highest risk for recurrence," said Adam Dickler, M.D., radiation oncologist at Little Company of Mary Hospital. "Additionally, by working in concert to deliver IORT treatment, breast surgeons and radiation oncologists may be better able to decrease the number of patients who decide to be treated with surgery alone despite the fact that radiation has been shown to be an essential component of treatment and increases overall survival."

IORT is a technique where a concentrated dose of radiation is delivered to a cancerous tumor site during surgery after the tumor is removed.  Because the target and normal tissues can be clearly identified during surgery, IORT may increase targeting accuracy, thereby increasing dose to the target and reducing dose to critical structures. For breast IORT, the shorter treatment time is generally more convenient for patients than the seven-week course of external beam-therapy, and may increase patient compliance.


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