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Nov/Dec 2013 

Hot Topics in APBI: 2013 in Review   

It’s that time of year again…time to deck the halls, trim the trees and catch up on the most-talked about BrachyBytes articles of the year! From clinical data to managing coverage denials, here are the top articles of 2013 from some of today’s leading brachytherapy experts.

10-Year APBI Data: Equivalent Outcomes, Better Cosmesis

Robert Hong, MD, discusses the 10-year outcomes from the Hungarian trial comparing partial and whole breast radiation.

Managing APBI Coverage Denials

Kathy Francisco of The Pinnacle Health Group shares steps both physicians and patients can take to appeal coverage denials.

The Role of IORT in Breast Cancer Treatment

Douglas Arthur, MD, outlines current IORT techniques and shares his views on the emerging modality.

Repeat Breast Conservation Therapy with APBI

Chirag Shah, MD, reviews the limited but promising data, as well as his own experience, with re-irradation for subsequent breast cancers.

Counseling Patients on Breast Cancer Treatment Options  

S. Eric Olyejar and Michael Berry share their processes for counseling patients, including addressing misconceptions about BCT.

Delivering APBI in Patients with Augmented Breasts

Robert Kuske, MD, talks about the challenges of treating this patient population and how his research may impact the standard of care.

Randy Cook of of AmpliPHY Physician Services, discusses the changing healthcare market and its impact on specialists.

Christy Kesslering, MD, and Chirag Shah, MD, share their views on the current data on HF-WBI.
Deanna Attai, MD, and Jennifer Zook, MD, discuss rising mastectomy rates and how to increase patient acceptance of BCT.
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Strut-based Breast Brachytherapy Associated with Low Risk of Recurrence

The outcomes of a large, retrospective study demonstrating the safety and efficacy of the SAVI® breast brachytherapy applicator were presented at the 36th annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, December 10-14, 2013. Researchers reported favorably low recurrence rates, high rates of survival and excellent cosmetic outcomes.

“With recurrence rates comparable to whole breast irradiation, strut-based brachytherapy has proven to be an effective treatment for a certain population of early-stage breast cancer patients,” said lead author Catheryn Yashar, MD, a radiation oncologist at UC San Diego’s Moores Cancer Center, La Jolla, Calif.  Read more



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