May 13, 2010

SAVI Device Makes Short-Term Therapy Available to More Women

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. – Twenty facilities in the southern region of the U.S. have been named Centers of Excellence in accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI) for their use of the SAVI® applicator, an advanced therapy for breast cancer as part of breast conservation therapy. The SAVI applicator can provide important advantages for women with early-stage breast cancer.

The Center of Excellence designation recognizes these facilities’ dedication to education, training and experience in APBI. To qualify, physicians, medical physicists and clinical staff were required to complete a comprehensive training and education program to demonstrate proficiency in delivering radiation therapy with SAVI. The facilities have also expressed a commitment to patient education, advocacy and awareness of advanced breast cancer treatments.

“Cianna Medical is proud to acknowledge the contributions these surgeons and radiation oncologists are making to the APBI field,” said Jill Anderson, President and CEO of Cianna Medical. “They are changing how we care for women with early-stage breast cancer by recognizing the clinical benefits of more targeted radiation therapy and choosing to make it available to their patients.”

Centers and physicians receiving the designation were:

South Florida Radiation Oncology in Palm Beach, FL — 5 facilities
Surgeons: Marla Dudak, MD, Itzhak Shasha, MD, Donna Kleban, MD

21st Century Radiation Oncology in Ft. Myers, FL
Surgeon: William Kokal, MD, FACS, of SunCoast Surgical Associates

Florida Hospital Waterman in Tavares, FL
Surgeon: Borys Mascarenhas, MD

Halifax Hospital in Daytona Beach, FL
Surgeon: Caren Wilkie, MD

Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, TN
Surgeon: Michael P. Berry, MD, FACS of the Breast Clinic of Memphis

Carolina Radiation Medicine in Greenville, NC
Surgeon: Nizar Habal, MD

Francis B. Ford Cancer Treatment Center in Georgetown, SC
Surgeon: N. Craig Brackett, III, MD, FACS, of Coastal Carolina Breast Center

The commitment of these centers and physicians to offer the SAVI applicator extends the benefits of breast conservation therapy to a larger group of women and results in improved clinical outcomes.

Breast conservation therapy includes lumpectomy- the surgical removal of the cancerous tissue within the breast plus tissue immediately around the tumor – followed by radiation. This approach is an alternative to mastectomy, which removes the entire breast and is often followed by breast reconstruction.

The SAVI applicator delivers a form of radiation therapy known as breast brachytherapy. This approach, which targets the tumor site from inside the breast, is becoming a more widely used alternative to traditional radiation.

Breast brachytherapy typically involves two treatments per day for only five days. This shorter timeframe makes brachytherapy far more convenient than traditional, external-beam radiation. The latter is delivered five times a week and takes six or seven weeks.

Radiation treatment after a lumpectomy has traditionally involved irradiation of the entire breast with an external beam. Besides the inconvenience of the six-week-long regimen, many women must travel some distance to receive external-beam radiation. That can put additional stress on their families, jobs, and financial resources.

In addition to shortening the therapy time, breast brachytherapy with SAVI minimizes radiation exposure of healthy tissue, which reduces damage to critical structures such as the skin, heart, lungs and ribs.

About Cianna Medical, Inc.
Cianna Medical, Inc. is a medical device company focused on women’s health and dedicated to the innovative treatment of early-stage breast cancer. The company manufactures and markets the SAVI breast brachytherapy applicator, for the delivery of radiation after lumpectomy surgery. The SAVI applicator allows precise sculpting of the radiation dose, and is designed to make the benefits of accelerated partial breast irradiation available to a greater number of women.

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