BrachyBytes | May 2018 Newsletter Archive

Preserving Future Treatment Options – Retreatment with SAVI Brachy
At the time of her first diagnosis the patient was 62 years old. She was diagnosed with an Infiltrating Ductal Carcinoma of the upper outer quadrant of the right breast. After a consultation with both her surgeon, Dr. Victor and radiation oncologist, Dr. Nuesch, she chose a five day course of treatment with SAVI Brachy. She received a total dose of 34.0 Gy with a 6-1 applicator twice a day for 5 days.

Four years later, the patient presented with a second primary infiltrating ductal carcinoma also in the right breast but located in  a different quadrant. She opted for a second lumpectomy and treatment with SAVI Brachy. She received the same radiation dose delivered with a 6-1 mini applicator.

At the current time, the patient is cancer free and pleased with both the outcome and cosmetic appearance of her breast. Dr. Nuesch and Dr. Victor give their perspective on the case to provide guidance for physicians and patients in their treatment decisions.

 

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