SAVI Brachy vs. Whole Breast Radiation
Historically women have been treated with whole breast radiation using an external beam to deliver radiation to the entire breast over a period of 3 to 7 weeks of daily treatments.
Women have reported unpleasant side effects due to excessive radiation exposure to healthy tissue, as well as the skin, ribs, heart and lungs. In addition, the long treatment schedule can significantly disrupt a woman’s life, whether it’s interference with family, the cost of missed work, or the difficulty of traveling to a medical facility every day for 3 to 7 weeks.
SAVI Brachy is a form of accelerated partial breast irradiation (also known as APBI and is a more contemporary standard of care. Extensive research over the past decade indicates APBI can be as effective as whole breast radiation in preventing local recurrences.5
SAVI Brachy offers significant advantages over whole breast irradiation, mainly because the radiation dose can be customized and delivered to precisely where it is needed. Healthy tissue is spared from unnecessary radiation and treatment time is reduced from several weeks to just five days or less.
SAVI Sisters: You Are Not Alone
Anyone who’s been diagnosed with breast cancer knows it’s not a journey to be taken alone. Many women draw strength from learning from the experiences of others. As part of the SAVI Sisters Facebook community, you can:
- Read breast cancer treatment stories from women whose treatment involved SAVI Brachy
- Connect with other women to get further information, guidance and/or support