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IORT vs. Brachytherapy
MD Anderson Speaker’s Bureau
SAVI Research from MD Anderson
BrachyBytes Editorial Advisory Board

Robert Kuske, M.D.

Coral Quiet, 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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January 2011

Intraoperative Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer Treatment

Adam Dickler, M.D.

Intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT) is an experimental way to deliver radiation as part of breast conservation therapy. If IORT is found to be equivalent to whole breast irradiation, this could mean more convenient care for patients, reduced waiting times, and considerable savings for health-care systems. However, a lack of long-term clinical data and reimbursement issues are holding back the widespread adoption of this modality.  Adam Dickler, M.D.

Radiation oncologist Adam Dickler, M.D., of the Little Company of Mary Hospital, discusses his center’s experience with IORT, how it compares to outpatient APBI and what it means for the future of breast cancer treatment. Read more

Do you offer IORT as a treatment option in your practice? If so, what advantages do you see? If not, are your reasons clinical or financial? Email us – we want to hear your thoughts!

MD Anderson Speaker’s Bureau Educational Series

Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation

The MD Anderson Physician’s Network recently established a Speaker’s Bureau Educational Series to provide credentialed physicians, nurses and allied health personnel information to timely topics in oncology.

MD Anderson Speaker's Bureau

In this presentation, Elizabeth Bloom, M.D., associate professor of radiation oncology at MD Anderson, provides a thorough overview of the principles of APBI, including:

  • Benefits of various brachytherapy devices
  • Patient selection & consensus guidelines
  • Current protocols at MD Anderson
  • Reducing toxicity
  • CT cavity evaluations
  • Planning examples

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SAVI Research from MD Anderson

Researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston examined the use of SAVI for delivering accelerated partial breast irradiation in patients with augmented breasts. The study will be published in Brachytherapy later this year. MD Anderson Cancer Center

In this case report, a 55-year-old woman with bilateral breast augmentation was diagnosed with DCIS in the left breast and received APBI with a SAVI 6-1 device.

Researchers measured device conformance, dosimetric performance, cosmesis and toxicity. Based on the positive outcomes, physicians concluded that with the availability of SAVI, breast augmentation should not be an exclusion criterion for the option of APBI.
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