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Delivering APBI in Patients with Augmented Breasts
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Vic Zannis, M.D.
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Delivering APBI in Patients with Augmented Breasts 
Robert Kuske, MD  Robert Kuske, MD

Many women with augmented breasts who are diagnosed with breast cancer opt for implant removal and mastectomy with reconstruction in lieu of breast conservation therapy (BCT), due to the risk of capsular contracture associated with whole breast irradiation.

However, radiation oncologist Robert Kuske, MD, pioneered the use of breast brachytherapy as part of breast-conserving treatment for women with augmented breasts and has published widely on the topic.

In this article, Dr. Kuske discusses the challenges of treating this patient population, how the availability of modern radiation therapy techniques is enabling more women with augmentation to choose BCT and how his research may impact the standard of care. Read more

SAVI Case Reviews: Augmented Breasts

For women with augmented breasts who are receiving breast irradiation, capsular contracture is a significant concern. For these women, breast brachytherapy represents the best opportunity to minimize radiation to the breast tissue/implant interface.

In these two cases, physicians utilized the SAVI applicator and developed treatment plans that were able to sculpt the dose, limiting exposure to the skin, chest wall, and implant simultaneously.

SAVI Clinical Case Review #1


47-year-old female


Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, T1, Stage 1 Physicians:

Kerri L. Perry, MD, FACS, & Zainab Ilahi, MD

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SAVI Clinical Case Review


49-year-old female


Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, T1, Stage 1


Cheryl Olson, MD, FACS & Anuradha Koka, MD

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