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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.