July 2009


In This Issue


Upcoming Conferences
Increasing Access to BCT
Reimbursement Help
BrachyBytes Editorial Advisory Board
Dan Scanderbeg, Ph.D.
Robert Kuske, M.D.
Gail Lebovic, M.D.
Coral Quiet, M.D.
John Sweet, M.S.
Catheryn Yashar, M.D.
Vic Zannis, M.D.

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American Association of Physicists in Medicine
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July 26-30, 2009

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Increasing Access to BCT, Part II: 21st Century

SAVI Delivers for Rural Populations


Numerous studies show early-stage breast cancer patients in rural areas are more likely to choose mastectomy over breast conservation therapy compared to women in urban areas – most likely due to a lack of convenient access to radiation therapy.


Billings Clinic in Billings, Mont., serves a 4-state region, with some patients traveling from as far as 400 miles away. Ever since John Schallenkamp, M.D. became the clinic’s first radiation oncologist in 2005, he wanted to start a breast brachytherapy program to offer patients a more convenient treatment option.

Read on to learn why Dr. Schallenkamp waited for the SAVI applicator to start the program —

and why he simply wasn’t willing to offer balloon brachytherapy.

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Looking for new ways to educate your patients about SAVI?

Need Reimbursement Help?

Do you have questions about reimbursement and coding for the SAVI applicator? Cianna Medical is here to help.

We’ve partnered with the Pinnacle Health Group to provide support for your questions related to billing and reimbursement for SAVI.

Email cianna@thepinnaclehealthgroup.com or call (866) 369-9290.

For more information, view the SAVI Catheter Placement and Treatment Planning & Delivery guidelines.