In This Issue
Side Effects & Catheter Selection
Seroma & Lymphadema
ASBS Pre-Meeting Courses
BrachyBytes Editorial Advisory Board

Robert Kuske, M.D.

Jay Reiff, Ph.D.
Dan Scanderbeg, Ph.D.
John Sweet, M.S. 
Catheryn Yashar, M.D.

Vic Zannis, M.D.

Upcoming Events

American Society of Breast Disease

35th Annual Symposium

March 24-26, 2011

Dallas, Texas

American Brachytherapy Society

2011 Annual Conference

April 14-16, 2011

San Diego, CA

American Society of Breast Surgeons

12th Annual Meeting

April 27-May 1, 2011

Washington, D.C.

Booth #301/303


Follow-up Links

Past Issues
Cianna Medical
SAVI Sisters

Breast Care Center of North Texas
Central DuPage Regional Hospital

Alexian Brothers Medical Center




March 2011

APBI Outcomes:  

Side Effects & Catheter Selection 

Mary Brian, MD, FACS & Christy Kesslering, MD 

Although there is still a need for long-term data on the risks and benefits of all forms of APBI, anecdotal evidence suggests that use of the accelerated treatment reduces the physical toll on patients undergoing radiation therapy. The most common side effects of APBI include redness, bruising and soreness. However, many patients still experience more long-term, chronic effects such as persistent seroma and fibrosis.

Christy KessleringMary Brian

Breast surgeon Mary Brian, MD, FACS, and radiation oncologist Christy Kesslering, MD, discuss their clinical experiences and how the risk of side effects influences their selection of brachytherapy catheters. Read more


Does the potential for side effects impact your selection of APBI catheters? Email us to share your thoughts.  

Does Seroma Lead to Lymphedema? 

Women who form a seroma following breast cancer surgery are at threefold increased risk of developing lymphedema, according to a case-controlled study presented at the annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. View poster

Seroma Lymphadema Poster

Of 135 breast cancer survivors (26%) participating in the study, 35 developed postsurgical symptomatic seromas requiring needle aspiration. Based on the International Criteria for Lymphedema Diagnosis, 26 of the 35 women with a seroma had severe lymphedema, 6 had moderate lymphedema, and 3 had mild lymphedema symptoms. Read more in Internal Medicine News

Register for ASBS Pre-Meeting CoursesASBS Logo

Are you attending the American Society of Breast Surgeons’ 12th annual meeting in Washington, D.C. this April? If so, be sure to check out the variety of pre-meeting courses available as part of the Society’s preliminary program, including:

Advanced Imaging and Technology in Breast Care Management

Wednesday, April 27
7:30 am – 5:00 pm
Moderators: Deanna Attai, MD & Cary Kaufman, MD
(9 CME Credits)
Learn more

Pre-registration is required for pre-meeting courses, the symposia, breakfast workshops and the general session. Registration for the preliminary program is ongoing through April 14.
Register now!