Navigation Links
SIUH Offers New 5-Day Breast Cancer Therapy
Date:8/3/2011

NEW YORK, Aug. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A new type of radiation therapy for early-stage breast cancer is available at Staten Island University Hospital that cuts down on treatment time while sparing healthy tissue.

When a breast cancer patient undergoes a lumpectomy to remove a cancerous tumor, it's often followed by radiation therapy. Traditional radiation therapy can take an average of five weeks. But using the SAVI breast brachytherapy applicator allows patients to complete their radiation treatments in only five days.

SIUH is the first hospital in New York State to be recognized as a Center of Excellence for the SAVI treatment.

The SAVI applicator is made up of a slim bundle of soft and flexible catheters. A breast surgeon makes a small incision in a patient's breast and places the device in the lumpectomy cavity.

Once inside, the catheters are expanded to conform to the site. Each catheter individually radiates the tissue surrounding the lumpectomy cavity from the inside out.

"The reason to use a multi-catheter device is that we can control the dose of radiation for each of the catheters, so the catheters that are closest to the skin can get less radiation," explained Dr. Cynara Coomer, chief of Breast Surgery at SIUH and director of The Comprehensive Breast Center.

"The catheters that are closest to the breast tissue can get more radiation. So, the tissue that really needs to be radiated can be radiated with the highest dose and that means less exposure to the skin, the chest wall, heart and lungs."

The SAVI applicator stays in place throughout the week-long treatments. A portion of the end of each catheter remains accessible outside the patient's breast and is secured with dressing and a sports bra.

Treatments are delivered twice a day, six hours apart. For each session, a tiny radioactive seed is placed inside each catheter by a computer-controlled machine. The radiation source is removed after each session. On average, the treatments are complete in less than 15 minutes.

For more information about SAVI, or to set up an interview with Dr. Coomer and a SAVI patient, contact Diane O'Donnell at 718-226-8388.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Staten Island University Hospital
Copyright©2010 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine technology :

1. Douglas Electrical Components Solution Offers Fully Harnessed Back Potted Seals
2. PhotoMedexs Itching to Win Contest Offers Free Phototherapy Treatments With the XTRAC Laser to Deserving Psoriasis Patients Nationwide
3. Recently Launched Pharmacy Xpressdelivery.Com Offers Fair Deals on Popular Drugs
4. Equipment Leasing Offers Attractive Options for Medical Practices, but Be Aware of Risks, LeClairRyan Attorney Advises
5. University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center Opens: First Cancer Hospital in Northeast Ohio Offers Nations Most Advanced Technology and Treatments
6. SpeechTrans Offers Mobile Translation App for Hearing Impaired
7. DFINE StabiliT® Vertebral Augmentation System Product Innovation Offers Physicians Improved Flexibility and Ease-of-Use for the Treatment of Spinal Fractures
8. Medication Delivery Innovator Baxa Corporation Offers Best Practices for Administering Over-the-Counter Liquid Medicine to Babies and Toddlers
9. XTRAC Laser Treatment Offers Summer Time Relief to Psoriasis Sufferers Covered by Major Insurers
10. First-ever Gamma Knife in Paris Offers New Treatment Options for Patients With Cancer and Other Brain Disorders
11. Anthem Blue Cross Offers Tips for Preventing a Costly Fall
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/23/2016)... FRANKLIN, Tenn. , June 23, 2016 ... for automating, integrating and transforming the patient ... launch of several innovative new products and ... depth of its revenue cycle offerings. These ... establish more efficient workflows, remain compliant in ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 Leading ... that address medical conditions resulting from a breakdown ... has appointed Greg Doyle as chief ... Leading BioSciences, executive management team and board of ... chief financial officer. He will provide continued leadership ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... -- On Wednesday, June 22, 2016, the NASDAQ ... Dow Jones Industrial Average edged 0.27% lower to finish at ... Stock-Callers.com has initiated coverage on the following equities: Alkermes PLC ... AMAG ), IDEXX Laboratories Inc. (NASDAQ: IDXX ... Learn more about these stocks by accessing their free trade ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:6/24/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... for human induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells and other difficult to transfect cells, ... Cloning Medium. The PluriQ™ G9™ Gene Editing System is a complete ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... To ... infrastructure. Most providers, however, are unsure how to move forward, given the need ... define a path forward tailored to an organization’s specific needs. , PYA Principal ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... SpiritQuest Sedona ... heart of West Sedona, surrounded by famous vortex sites: Cathedral Rock, Airport Mesa, and ... partner properties – the Lodge at Sedona as well as the Sedona Rouge, both ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 23, 2016 , ... An ... may expose a possible link between head and neck cancer in individuals with unhealthy ... the study were evaluated based on whether they had gum disease, brushed their teeth ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... ... 23, 2016 , ... SyncDog, Inc. , the leading ... is featured in the current issue of Silicon Review magazine. Silicon ... technology solutions and features them in their magazine. The magazine allows top-level executives ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):