In This Issue
Optimal Margin Width in Breast-Conserving Surgery
BrachyNext Webcast Available
SAVI Patient Raises Brachytherapy Awareness
BrachyBytes Editorial Advisory Board

Robert Kuske, M.D.

Jay Reiff, Ph.D.
Dan Scanderbeg, Ph.D.
Catheryn Yashar, M.D.
Vic Zannis, M.D.
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Breast Cancer Symposium 

September 4-6, 2014
San Francisco, CA
Booth #8


American Society for Radiation Oncology

September 14-17, 2014
San Francisco, CA
Booth #1838


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Learn about becoming a Center of Excellence and find ways to grow your APBI program by reaching out to referring physicians and women in the community.

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July/August 2014  

An End to Controversy: Optimal Margin Width in Breast-Conserving Surgery 

Siavash Jabbari, MD

When it comes to breast-conserving surgery, the definition of an adequate margin has always been a controversial subject.

Earlier this year, the Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) and the American Society for Radiation Therapy (ASTRO) released new surgical guidelines to create a clear and comprehensive approach for physicians.

Radiation oncologist Siavash Jabbari, MD, of Sharp Healthcare, San Diego, Calif., discusses the significance of the new guidelines, how they’ve influenced his practice, and his thoughts on ideal margins for delivering breast brachytherapy. Read more



BrachyNext Symposium Webcast Now Available

Whether or not you attended the BrachyNext symposium last May in Miami Beach, you can now access many of the sessions from this groundbreaking meeting online.

The Breast Brachytherapy in the Heat of Competition session featured talks from a variety of experts, including:

Be sure to check out the poster on strut-based brachytherapy presented by researchers from Drexel University and UC San Diego, entitled Surface Optimization for APBI in Women with Thin Skin Bridges Using a Strut-Based Applicator. View poster

SAVI Patient Uses Local Event to Raise Brachytherapy Awareness

Karen Stuntz of Roseburg, Oregon recently celebrated her one-year anniversary as a breast cancer survivor by helping raise awareness about SAVI breast brachytherapy in her community.

Karen was so pleased with her SAVI treatment, which she completed in July 2013, that she and her husband decided to form a SAVI Sisters team for their local Relay for Life to help spread the word about the targeted 5-day treatment. On July 26, 2014, the team braved 92 degree heat to walk for nearly 21 hours while distributing SAVI Sisters pins, information cards and other giveaways. Way to go, Team SAVI Sisters!

Team SAVI Sisters at the Relay for Life of Douglas County, Roseburg, OR, July 26, 2014
SAVI Sisters® is Here for Your Patients 

SAVI Sisters is a valuable resource for your newly-diagnosed breast cancer patients. At, they can obtain important information on 5-day radiation therapy and the SAVI applicator. They can also read the stories of women who have had breast brachytherapy with SAVI and contact them for information, guidance and support.

Order SAVI Sisters pins and information cards here!