October 2009


In This Issue


Patient Selection for APBI
Peer-Reviewed SAVI Research
ASTRO Preview
BrachyBytes Editorial Advisory Board 

Robert Kuske, M.D.

Gail Lebovic, 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.



Upcoming Conferences
Visit us at these upcoming events!

American Society of Radiation Oncology
51st Annual Meeting
Nov 1-5, 2009
Chicago, IL
Booth #3131
Watch SAVI on
“The Doctors”

The DoctorsBreast surgeon Kristi Funk, M.D., founder of the Pink Lotus Breast Center in Beverly Hills, calls SAVI a “breakthrough in breast cancer treatment.”



Quick Links


Patient Selection for APBI:
A Breast Surgeon’s Perspective


Do you offer APBI to patients under the age of 50? What about women with DCIS?

With multiple sets of criteria guiding patient selection, some cases may prove more challenging than others when determining if APBI is an appropriate course of treatment.

21st CenturyKerri Perry, M.D., FACS, a leading breast surgeon in Texas, discusses her views on patient selection — and points out the #1 thing physicians should utilize when making the decision to offer APBI.

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Peer-Reviewed SAVI Research Published in Brachytherapy
Device Expands Candidates for Single-Entry APBI


BrachytherapyThe second peer-reviewed, published article on SAVI clinical data appears in the October-December 2009 issue of Brachytherapy. To date, the study represents the most complete review of early clinical experience with SAVI.

The study followed 30 patients treated with the SAVI applicator at the University of California, San Diego with a median follow-up of 12 months. Among the key findings:

  • Outstanding dose modulation
  • Good-to-excellent cosmesis for all patients
  • No symptomatic persistent seroma or local recurrences
  • Nearly half of the patients were ineligible for other forms of brachytherapy due to skin spacing or breast size.

In addition, the article provides helpful information for any physician integrating SAVI into his/her practice, including: detailed descriptions of patient selection criteria, shortcomings of other treatment modalities and QA standards.

To request a copy of the study, email kmurray@ciannamedical.com.


ASTRO Preview!

If you’re attending the 51st annual meeting of the American Society of Radiation Oncology, be sure to check out the three poster presentations featuring the SAVI applicator:

Poster #3223:
APBI Brachytherapy Device Stability and the Importance of Pre-faction Device QA

Poster #3185:
Dosimetric Effects of Non-Symmetric Openings o
f Multi-Catheter Breast Brachytherapy Applicators

Poster #3193:
Use of the 6-1Mini in Small Cavities and Small Breast Sizes

And don’t forget to visit us at Booth #3131. See you there!