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New Breast Cancer Treatment Can Take as Little as Five Days


Dr. Gilbert Padula shares the benefits of SAVI, which include lowered toxicity and improved quality of life, as well as Mercy Health St. Mary's recently awarded status as a SAVI Center of Excellence.

July 13, 2015

Breast Radiation Study: 1 Week as Effective as 6 Weeks


CBS News Los Angeles shares a report from the UCLA Johnson Cancer Center, which reveals that 1 week of treatment with SAVI can be just as effective as 6 weeks of whole breast radiation.

June 25, 2015

13 Friends for Life: SAVI Treatment


Dr. Gilbert Padula of Mercy Health Lacks Cancer Center talks about the SAVI applicator and why patients love it.

April 13, 2015

SAVI SCOUT Device for Targeted Breast Conservation Surgery

Dr. Patrick Whitworth and Jill Anderson, President and CEO of Cianna Medical, discuss the benefits of the new SAVI SCOUT surgical device at the 2014 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.

December 10, 2014

Medical Minute: Breast Cancer Treatment Options

In this segment of Medical Minute, News 9's Angela Buckelew presents the SAVI treatment as an option that's quick, and practically painless.

October 29, 2014

MedPage Today: Outcomes for APBI with Strut-based Brachytherapy


Robert Kuske, MD, of Arizona Breast Cancer Specialists, discusses 5-year results for APBI with strut-based brachytherapy with MedPage Today.

September 23, 2014

5-Year Outcomes for APBI with Strut-based Brachytherapy

Deanna J. Attai, MD, assistant clinical professor, Department of Surgery, UCLA, discusses a 5-year follow up of patients receiving accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI) using strut-based applicators.

September 17, 2014

Breast Cancer: Taking Control of Your Treatment

Doctors representing The BC5 Project,a group focused on broadening awareness of breast cancer treatment options, discuss the issues women need to consider when making decisions about early-stage breast cancer treatment.

May 22, 2014

Advances in Breast Cancer Treatment at North Florida Regional Medical Center

Dr. Allison Grow discusses how SAVI helps women with early-stage breast cancer get back to normal faster than ever before.

October 09, 2013

The Doctors Discuss SAVI


Dr. Kristi Funk of the Pink Lotus Breast Center tells The Doctors about SAVI, her “favorite new technology in breast cancer care.”

May 29, 2013

SAVI Breast Cancer Treatment at Methodist University Hospital

Methodist University Hospital is the first medical facility in Memphis to offer breast cancer treatment with SAVI.

May 28, 2013

Innovative Breast Cancer Treatment at Methodist Dallas Cancer Center

Dr. Martin Koonsman of the Methodist Dallas Cancer Center discusses breast cancer screening, detection and treatment, including 5-day radiation therapy with the SAVI applicator.

June 01, 2012

First Male Breast Cancer Patient Treated with SAVI

Physicians at Texas Oncology and Methodist Dallas Cancer Center treat the first male in Texas to receive radiation with SAVI.

October 07, 2011

Treating Early-Stage Breast Cancer at Huntington Memorial Hospital

Breast cancer patient Carolyn Smith shares the benefits of receiving the SAVI treatment at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, Calif.

October 06, 2011

Technology Makes Breast Cancer Treatment Easier on Patients

Patient Ana Nataros and Dr. Marilyn Croghan of Arizona Oncology show how SAVI is changing breast cancer treatment in Tucson.

April 06, 2011

Breakthrough Technology for Breast Cancer Patients at Virginia Mason Hospital

Dr. Michelle Yao and patient Esther Coates of Virginia Mason Hospital, the first SAVI provider in the Seattle area.

December 10, 2010

Targeted Radiation Treatment at The Christ Hospital

Dr. Sudha Mahalingam and patient Nancy Kranzley talk about the SAVI applicator at The Christ Hospital.

September 18, 2010

Partial Breast Radiation at Mercy Medical Center

Radiation oncologist Marlana Ottinger, M.D. and patient Carmen Geiser discuss the benefits of SAVI.

April 06, 2009

SAVI: A Shorter Course of Radiation Therapy

Dr. Mark Thompson of the Kansas City Cancer Center shows how SAVI can mean less radiation to healthy tissue.

March 06, 2009

A Revolutionary Breast Cancer Treatment at 21st Century Oncology

Dr. Constantine Mantz of 21st Century Oncology explains how SAVI is part of the "evolution" of breast brachytherapy

October 10, 2007

Scaling Back Breast Cancer Treatments with APBI

Dr. Coral Quiet of Arizona Oncology Services visits "Good Day Arizona" to discuss SAVI.

September 11, 2007

Important New Treatment for Breast Cancer at UC San Diego

See why one SAVI patient calls the treatment "magical" on Channel 10's "Staying Healthy" segment.

June 06, 2007

Technology Helps Breast Cancer Patients Reduce Treatment Time

The University of California, San Diego is the first facility in California – and the second in the nation – to offer SAVI.

June 01, 2007


UC Irvine Health Working to Improve Precision in Breast Cancer Surgery

UC Irvine Health

June 04, 2015

“My focus is always on finding a better breast cancer operation,” said Alice Police, MD, “Precise location of the tumor is crucial for a shorter operation time, smaller incision, speedier recovery, and to avoid another surgery.”


Innovative Breast Conserving Therapy Technologies

CEOCFO Magazine

March 24, 2015

President and CEO of Cianna Medical, Jill Anderson, answers questions regarding the changing landscape of breast conserving surgery, the team behind the soon-to-be-released SAVI SCOUT, and Cianna’s vision for the future.


Radiation Procedure Reduces Treatment Time; Improves Outcomes for Breast Cancer Patients

The Edmond Sun

February 25, 2015

Radiation oncologists can deliver individual doses of radiation through each of the tubes, allowing physicians the ability to customize the treatment for every qualifying patient based on the shape, size and location of the treatment area. This saves the tissue around the treatment area, in addition to the reduction in scarring and burning.


Cianna Medical: A Better Way to Scout out Breast Tumors before Surgery?

MedCity News

January 26, 2015

SoCal device company Cianna Medical has built a way to one-up wire localization, with a system meant to improve the acuity of tumor location and reduce the incidence of repeated surgeries.


5 Things Women Should Know About Brachytherapy

A Woman's Health

December 17, 2014

Breast brachytherapy is a form of acceler­ated partial breast irradiation (APBI), which delivers a dose of radiation from within the breast. The benefits of this targeted approach to radia­tion delivery include reduced radia­tion exposure to healthy tissue, bet­ter cosmetic results, and fewer side effects. Additionally, brachytherapy will allow for more treatment op­tions in the event of a future recur­rence or new primary cancer.


FDA Clears Cianna Medical SAVI SCOUT Breast Surgical Guidance System

Imaging Technology News

December 16, 2014

Results from a pilot study evaluating successful placement, localization and retrieval of the device were presented as part of the late breaking scientific sessions at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. The study, which included 24 patients, resulted in 100-percent surgical success.


Cianna Medical’s Breast Tissue Surgical Guidance System Gets FDA Green Light


Aliso Viejo, Calif., devicemaker Cianna Medical has received FDA clearance for its SAVI SCOUT surgical guidance system, which uses real-time audible and visual signs to help surgeons target tissue during lumpectomy and biopsy removal procedures.


Breast Cancer Surgery Goes Wireless

DOTmed News

December 15, 2014

Cianna Medical Inc. has received FDA approval for a surgical guidance system called SAVI SCOUT, and it may help reduce the number of repeat procedures required for breast cancer patients, while also improving the patient experience.



Cianna Medical Inc. Announces FDA Clearance For SAVI SCOUT Surgical Guidance System

OR Today

December 11, 2014

Cianna Medical plans to bring SAVI SCOUT to additional medical centers over the course of 2015 and will be supporting product uptake with professional education and ongoing reporting on data and case studies from the clinical program.


Cianna Medical Wins FDA Nod for Breast Surgery Device


Cianna Medical plans a gradual rollout for new surgical guidance technology designed to boost precision in breast biopsies and lumpectomies, following FDA clearance of the SAVI SCOUT system.


SAVI SCOUT Uses Non-Radioactive Seeds to Localize Breast Tumors


A new system called SAVI SCOUT from Cianna Medical (Aliso Viejo, CA) has just been approved by the FDA that allows the placement of a non-radioactive seed that can be quickly spotted even days later using a special probe.


Cianna Medical’s SAVI SCOUT Surgical Guidance System gets FDA Clearance

Medical News

“The SAVI SCOUT surgical guidance system has a high degree of utility and we believe the system will enable us to improve care for our breast conservation surgery patients,” said Charles E. Cox, M.D., “I found the system to be highly intuitive and expect that we will see fairly rapid uptake of the SAVI SCOUT in breast centers across the country.”


New Methods Explored to Localize Nonpalpable Breast Lesions

Medscape Medical News

“Currently, the most widely used method of wire-guided localization (WGL) is seriously limited by the need for same-day wire placement and excision, and it also faces other technical challenges resulting in a re-excision rates as high as 50%,” said Dr Ahmed. “So clearly there’s a need to try and develop an alternative technique.”


Startup Gains FDA Clearance for Breast Surgery Guidance System


December 10, 2014

Cianna Medical has received clearance from the FDA for its SAVI SCOUT surgical guidance system. The startup already brought in $10 million in debt from GE Capital earlier this year earmarked to finance a rollout of the product, with a launch expected during the second quarter of 2015.


Comparing Catheters for Early Stage Breast Brachytherapy

DOTmed Daily News

October 29, 2014

Dr. Robert Long, from the Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, presented a study at ASTRO this year that analyzed the different methods for performing brachytherapy in an effort to discern advantages and disadvantages. He suspects that overall, brachytherapy is an underutilized option.


New Device at Montana Cancer Center Drastically Cuts Radiation Treatment Time for Breast Cancer

The Missoulian

October 11, 2014

A woman in Missoula, Montana recently underwent successful breast cancer treatment at the Montana Cancer Center at Providence St. Patrick Hospital, where a team of physicians used a remarkable device called the SAVI applicator.


Lumpectomy Works to Rid Cancer, Preserve Breast

Las Vegas Review-Journal

October 10, 2014

A patient chooses a lumpectomy with SAVI radiation therapy to preserve her breast.


Accelerated Radiation Treatment Lessens Time for Some Breast Cancer Treatments

Mass Live

August 18, 2014

At Noble Hospital (Westfield, Mass.), the Center for Comprehensive Breast Health offers localized radiation therapy (known as accelerated partial breast irradiation, or APBI) to eligible patients.


Is Breast Brachytherapy Still Relevant?

Imaging Technology News

June 03, 2014

Overwhelming evidence supports brachytherapy as a standard-of-care for early-stage breast cancer.


National Women’s Health Week: Breast Cancer Treatment – Mastectomy Is Not the Only Answer

Huffington Post

May 15, 2014

Each day in my office, I see the sheer panic on the faces of women diagnosed with breast cancer. The statistics are astounding. According to the American Breast Cancer Society, the chance of a woman having invasive breast cancer during her life is about one in eight. A growing number of the women I meet think mastectomy is their only option in the face of a diagnosis. But often it’s not.


Physicians Need to Help Women Close Knowledge Gap About Breast Cancer Treatment Options

Huffington Post

November 11, 2013

It’s widely known that celebrities impact consumer opinions when it comes to fashion choices, hairstyles, cars and vacations spots. But, according to a survey commissioned by The BC5 Project, a group focused on broadening awareness of breast cancer treatment options, famous personalities may also be impacting important medical decisions.


Rethink Pink: From Awareness to Knowledge

Huffington Post

October 10, 2013

It’s October — Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Pink ribbons are everywhere, as are ads for all things pink — from lipsticks to appliances — that will help raise money for breast cancer research. As a radiation oncologist who treats women with breast cancer, I am grateful for the heightened awareness about breast cancer and how to screen for it. Early detection has led to many women being diagnosed earlier, when the options for treatment are greater.

But this October, I’m asking women to take it up a notch. Let’s go from “awareness” to “knowledge.”


SAVI Breast Cancer Treatment

Welcome Home San Antonio

October 04, 2013

When Carole Broemer, 51, was diagnosed in early January with early-stage breast cancer, she wanted to know all the options she had.


Small Medical Device Company Focuses on Breast Cancer Battle

Fox Business

August 02, 2013

Small Business Spotlight on Cianna Medical, a medical device company devoted to improving women’s health.


New Breast Cancer Treatments Available at Noble Hospital

Mass Appeal

October 26, 2012

WESTFIELD, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – The comprehensive breast program at Noble Hospital provides women of all ages with a full range of treatment options for breast-related care.


APBI: The Paradigm Shift in Breast Cancer Radiation Treatment

Imaging Technology News

June 01, 2012

A potential paradigm shift is gathering momentum in the treatment of early-stage breast cancer, driven by data showing strong clinical outcomes for the use of more sophisticated therapies. Newer therapies using accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI, also referred to as breast brachytherapy) not only allow women to remain whole, they also offer properly selected patients several advantages over traditional whole breast irradiation (WBI).


A Better Treatment Option for Breast Cancer

Pasadena Star News

May 21, 2012

For those of us treating people who have cancer, it’s essential that we offer not just excellent care, but also broader treatment options. No one method fits everyone, and patients have come to expect to have treatments that best fit their individual needs.


When Misinformation Metastasizes

Health Imaging

May 14, 2012

Misinformation can be dangerous for patients and the general public. Studies with sensationalized headlines extracted from biased data analyses that draw conclusions slanted toward a particular viewpoint can not only lead newly diagnosed cancer patients down a false path but also harm landmark clinical trials that reveal the essence of critical scientific issues.


Barcelona delegates updated on breast irradiation brachytherapy

Aunt Minnie Europe

May 12, 2012

Four year outcomes of early stage breast cancer patients who underwent accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI) brachytherapy treatment administered with a strut-based device were presented at the World Congress of Brachytherapy, held in Barcelona last week.


Study Reports APBI is Effective for Treating DCIS

Aunt Minnie

May 11, 2012

Accelerated partial-breast irradiation (APBI) brachytherapy appears to be an effective treatment for patients diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), according to a study presented at the American Society of Breast Surgeons annual meeting held in Phoenix last week.


ASBD: Toxicity of Strut-Based Breast Brachytherapy is Low

Aunt Minnie

April 13, 2012

Breast cancer patients who have accelerated partial-breast irradiation performed with a strut-based applicator experienced low toxicities from the treatment, according to a presentation at the annual symposium of the American Society of Breast Disease (ASBD).


The New War on Cancer

L.A. Times

March 07, 2012

Emerging treatments and technology provide hope for thousands of patients. It used to be that the cancer doctor’s toolbox contained three essential tools — a scalpel to cut out the disease, chemo to poison it and radiation to zap it.

But today that toolbox is bulging with new and better weapons.


Innovative Cancer Treatment at North Colorado Medical Center

Banner Health

January 24, 2012

Banner Health works to provide the highest level of cancer care close to home for patients wherever they live in northern Colorado.


Huntington Hospital a National Leader in SAVI Breast Cancer Treatment

Beacon Media News

November 24, 2011

Huntington Memorial Hospital has emerged as a national leader in providing an advanced form of radiation therapy for breast cancer.


Technology Helps Dale Woman’s Recovery from Breast Cancer

Daily American

October 11, 2011

Mardell Huss has no history of breast cancer in her family. Her mother didn’t have it. Or her grandmother. Or her aunts.

But every year around her birthday, she faithfully gets her annual mammogram.


SAVI Breast Brachytherapy is Safe for Women with Breast Implant

Cancer Watch

May 07, 2011

A new study showed that Strut-Adjusted Volume Implant (SAVI) (Cianna Medical, Aliso Viejo, CA) applicator safely delivered post-lumpectomy radiation therapy to a woman with breast implants. The study appeared in the May-June, 2011 issue of Brachytherapy.


SAVI Technology Provides More Treatment Options for Breast Cancer Patients

MD News

November 11, 2010

Combining a multicatheter design with balloon brachytherapy ease of use, the SAVI applicator provides an advanced treatment alternative for women who have been diagnosed with early-stage, low-risk breast cancer.


Implant Facilitates Breast Radiation Therapy

Diagnostic Imaging

September 13, 2010

A new breast implant allows more patients to safely receive accelerated partial-breast irradiation than balloon brachytherapy or 3D conformal radiation, a study finds. The Strut Adjusted Volume Implant (SAVI) enables maximized dose to the target tissue and minimized dose to normal tissue.


SAVI Breast Brachytherapy Produces Good 2-Year Outcomes

Aunt Minnie

July 16, 2010

The treatment and outcomes of more than 100 breast cancer patients who received radiotherapy treatments delivered by a multichannel single-entry brachytherapy device have been so positive that radiation oncologists are suggesting that its use be expanded.


Doubt Cast Over Radiation Safety

Imaging Technology News

March 31, 2010

Exposing patients to radiation for diagnostic imaging or radiation therapy is standard medical practice.

However, recent medical events, in which excessive radiation doses were delivered during CT examinations and radiation therapy treatments, have cast a shadow of doubt over the safety of radiation in medicine.


O.C. Companies Target Breast Cancer

Orange County Register

April 16, 2009

Orange County long has been a center for the medical device industry.

Edwards Lifesciences Corp. in Irvine, for instance, built its reputation on making stents and other devices to treat heart disease. Santa Ana-based Abbott Medical Optics Inc.(formerly Advanced Medical Optics) makes laser surgery equipment and other eye treatments while Fullerton’s Beckman-Coulter Inc.specializes in highly technical biomedical instruments.


Radiation Options are Expanding: Find Out What’s Right for You

MAMM - Women, Cancer and Community

December 06, 2008

Radiation given from inside the breast (brachytherapy) is a relatively new option for early-stage breast cancer patients after lumpectomy, and innovations in the design of brachytherapy devices mean that it may be a viable choice for still more women in the near future. If you’re considering lumpectomy, talk to your radiation oncologist about the choices available to you.


SAVI Studies Show Positive Results

Health Imaging

September 23, 2008

A pair of studies examining utilization of Cianna Medical’s SAVI breast brachytherapy device has reported positive clinical experiences, according to the Aliso Viejo, Calif.-based firm.


Breast cancer treatment improves: New radiation therapy lasts days, not weeks

The News-Press

September 22, 2008

Kay Lenart has seen a mother and male partner go through breast cancer – a rarity in the latter case – and then last March, she braced for her own diagnosis and treatment.


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