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Studies Show Excellent Outcomes With Strut-Based Breast Brachytherapy
Date:9/23/2013

w toxicity rates (< 3%) and excellent local control (2%). Overall and cause-specific actuarial survival rates were 100%.

"On longer follow-up, strut-based brachytherapy continually meets the standards we look for in a safe and effective breast cancer treatment – very high rates of survival and local control, few toxicities and excellent cosmetic outcomes," said lead author Catheryn Yashar, MD, a radiation oncologist at UC San Diego's Moores Cancer Center, La Jolla, Calif., and co-principal investigator of the SCRG.

A second study of a larger population (576 patients) with a median follow-up of 3 years reported similarly favorable results, including low toxicities and a local recurrence rate of less than 2.5%. Overall and cause-specific actuarial survival rates were 99.5%.

"Strut-based brachytherapy makes it possible to approach breast cancer treatment in a more sophisticated way. SAVI's unique design enables physicians to customize radiation specific to the patient, allowing us to offer a very personalized level of care," said lead author Robert Hong, MD, a radiation oncologist at Virginia Hospital Center, Arlington, Va.

Strut-based APBI is part of breast conservation therapy (BCT), which consists of a lumpectomy followed by radiation therapy. Traditionally, radiation consisted of whole breast irradiation (WBI), which requires 6-7 weeks of daily treatments. APBI delivers radiation to the area immediately surrounding the lumpectomy cavity, enabling treatment to be completed in as little as 5 days and sparing healthy tissue from unnecessary radiation. The strut-based, open architecture design o
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