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Medicare Extension

Oncentra Webinars

Aster Award
BrachyBytes Editorial Advisory Board

Dan Scanderbeg, Ph.D.
Robert Kuske, M.D.
Coral Quiet, M.D
Jay Reiff, Ph.D.
John Sweet, M.S.

Catheryn Yashar, M.D.

Vic Zannis, M.D.

SAVI Users Named Centers of Excellence in APBI

Across the country, facilities are earning recognition for their dedication to education, training and experience in APBI.

Click here to see which facilities have already earned this distinction!

To receive the Center of Excellence designation,
physicians, medical physicists and clinical staff were required to
complete a comprehensive training and education program to demonstrate
proficiency in delivering radiation therapy with SAVI.

To learn more about the benefits of being a Center of Excellence, email

Upcoming Events

American Society for Radiation Oncology
Oct 31-Nov 1, 2010
San Diego, CA

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June 2010

Is APBI Appropriate for DCIS?
Peter Beitsch, MD & Rakesh Patel, MD

One of today’s most controversial topics in breast cancer treatment is the use of APBI to treat patients with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS).

While some physicians believe the current data justifies the use APBI in these patients, others believe a lack of long-term follow-up warrants a more conservative approach.

Adding to the confusion are the conflicting guidelines from various professional organizations as to whether DCIS patients qualify as “suitable” candidates for partial breast radiation.

Two of the nation’s most renowned brachytherapy experts — surgeon Peter Beitsch, MD and radiation oncologist Rakesh Patel, MD — offer their insights on this divisive topic.

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President Signs Medicare Extension

On Friday, June 25, President Obama signed the extension for the physician payment increase of 2.2%, which will be retroactive to June 1, 2010 and effective through November 30, 2010.

CMS will begin processing claims at the new rates no later than July 1. Claims paid under old rates (the 21.2% cut) during June will be reprocessed after the updates are made to the system. CMS states that providers do not have to resubmit claims at this time.

For more information or questions regarding reimbursement, contact The Pinnacle Health Group at (866) 369-9290 or cianna@

Webinar Series:
Treatment Planning with Oncentra
Cianna Medical is dedicated to providing comprehensive education and training to ensure the best possible patient, physician and staff experience with SAVI.As part of this commitment, we are proud to offer a three-part webinar series, hosted by physicist Jay Reiff, Ph.D., featuring Oncentra, the latest advance in brachytherapy treatment planning from Nucletron.
The series provides a comprehensive overview of the treatment planning process for the SAVI applicator using the Oncentra planning system, with topics including:

  • Structure Definition
  • Catheter Reconstruction
  • Plan Optimization & Evaluation

Access this webinar, and many others, through Cianna Medical’s Physician Education Programs

Dr. Reiff is currently Clinical Professor of Radiation Oncology at Drexel University College of Medicine, and Chief of Physics at Hahnemann University Hospital, Medical College of Pennsylvania Hospital and Graduate Hospital. He is a past president of AAPM.

Cianna Medical Wins Award for Excellence in Healthcare Marketing

Cianna Medical is the proud recipient of a Bronze Aster Award for the SAVI Advantage, our unique approach to customer support.

The Aster Awards, one the largest national competitions of its kind, is an elite program that recognizes outstanding healthcare professionals for excellence in their marketing efforts.

The SAVI Advantage emphasizes the three significant benefits healthcare providers experience when they partner with Cianna Medical, including…

Read more about the SAVI Advantage