In This Issue
Evolution of Breast Brachytherapy
Video: Surgical Placement of SAVI
ASTRO 2011: APBI Preview
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Robert Kuske, M.D.

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

Vic Zannis, M.D.

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September 2011

Evolution of Breast Brachytherapy 

Robert Hong, MD; Lydia Komarnicky, MD; Rakesh Patel, MD

Jay Reiff, PhD

Breast brachytherapy has advanced significantly over the past decade. Interstitial techniques evolved to single-entry devices, which in turn moved from single lumen, balloon based technology to multicatheter devices like the SAVI® applicator. This evolution of breast brachytherapy technology has provided radiation oncologists and physicists much greater control of radiation delivery and enables physicians to offer a shortened course of treatment to more women.

Despite these advances, some institutions still rely on dosimetric parameters that are based on single lumen balloon technology and do not reflect the enhanced dose customization of a device like SAVI.

In this article, a panel of radiation oncologists and physicists discuss how the evolution of breast brachytherapy changed what constitutes a good treatment plan and the dosimetric criteria they currently utilize in order to achieve better patient outcomes. Read more

Video: Surgical Placement of the SAVI Applicator

Introducing the latest offering from Cianna Medical’s Physician Education Program!

This video provides a comprehensive review of surgical placement techniques for the SAVI applicator, featuring Deanna Attai, MD, FACS, and Richard Fine, MD, FACS. Topics include:

  • Introduction to the SAVI applicator
  • Ultrasound assessment of the cavity
  • Percutaneous SAVI placement using ultrasound guidance

Download now (Download time 40 minutes)

Cianna Medical’s Physician Education Program provides insightful case reviews, as well as helpful surgical techniques and physics training. Benefit from the experience of some of the nation’s leading SAVI users and learn how SAVI can improve your center’s breast brachytherapy program. View complete list of programs

ASTRO 2011: APBI Preview

If you’re attending the 53rd annual ASTRO meeting in Miami Beach next week, don’t miss these exciting sessions on APBI:

Monday, October 3

Scientific Session B: Partial Breast Irradiation and Hypofractionated Radiation

10:45 am – 12:15 pm

Room B214

Co-moderators: Peter Chen & Reshma Jagsi

Topics include early toxicity results with 3DCRT, use of MRI in patient selection, and defining clinical target volume (CTV) for APBI.

Wednesday, October 5
Digital Poster Discussion 09 – Breast
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Room: Junior Ballroom D

Co-moderators: Manjeet Chadha & Beryl McCormick

Topics include high-risk breast cancer patients treated with APBI and possible revisions to the consensus statement guidelines for the use of APBI off protocol.

Also, be sure to check out the following posters featuring the SAVI applicator:
2106: Investigation of Interfraction Variance of a SAVI 6-1 Mini APBI Applicator in Patients with Reduced Chest Wall and Skin Sparing

Serban Morcovescu

2218: Dosimetric Parameters and Clinical Characteristics of Early Stage Breast Cancer patients treated with the SAVI Breast Brachytherapy Device

Melva Pinn-Bingham