In This Issue
BrachyBytes Editorial Advisory Board

Robert Kuske, M.D.

Jay Reiff, Ph.D.
Dan Scanderbeg, Ph.D.
Catheryn Yashar, M.D.
Vic Zannis, M.D.
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SBI/ACR Breast Imaging Symposium 2015


April 25-28, 2015
Hilton Bonnet Creek
Orlando, FL


16th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Breast Surgeons
April 29 – May 3, 2015
Grande Lakes Resort
Orlando, FL


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April 2015 

Evidence Supporting Brachytherapy Continues to Mount
Chirag S. Shah, MD 

Chirag Shah, MD

Since accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI) was first offered in the late 1990’s, numerous studies have been published presenting its equivalence to whole breast irradiation (WBI). Many physicians consider brachytherapy to be underutilized, although research indicates it is just as effective as WBI in terms of survival and local recurrence, with the added benefit of less treatment time and reduced toxicity.

Chirag S. Shah, MD, is a radiation oncologist at Summa Health Systems in Akron, Ohio. He recently co-authored a study which presents 10-year APBI data showing equivalent clinical outcomes and cosmesis to WBI. Another one of his recently published studies follows APBI stratified by the ASTRO consensus groupings. These groupings are considering controversial as the guidelines for APBI treatment in the “cautionary” and “unsuitable” categories include patients whom studies have shown may very well benefit from increased brachytherapy utilization. Dr. Shah discusses the results of his recently published data, the patient benefits of APBI, and what physicians should realize about the ASTRO consensus groupings.

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Introducing… SCOUT Report!
Interesting in learning more about SAVI SCOUT®, a FDA-cleared medical device used to locate and remove non-palpable breast lesions during breast conservation surgery? Would you like to be the first to receive newly released information and updates regarding this non-radioactive surgical guidance system? Then you are welcome to subscribe to SCOUT Report, a newsletter brought to you by the clinical team behind BrachyBytes! Look for the first issue in the beginning of May 2015.

The American Society of Breast Surgeons 16th Annual Meeting
Don’t miss the 16th Annual Meeting of ASBrS, held this year in Orlando, FL at the Grande Lakes Resort, April 29th – May 3rd. Registration is open!
For those attendees who are interested in learning more about the SAVI SCOUT surgical guidance system, you are invited to join our non-CME breakfast symposium on Saturday, May 2nd. Free hot breakfast buffet provided! Click on Dr. Cox to register.

Moving Beyond Wires: 
A Non-Radioactive Solution for Tumor Localization
Speaker: Charles E. Cox , MD
You can find us in the meeting at Booth 401!