In This Issue
End of Axillary Dissection?
UCSD: Leaders in Technology & Patient Support
ASTRO Webinar: Breast Guidelines
BrachyBytes Editorial Advisory Board

Robert Kuske, M.D.

Jay Reiff, Ph.D.
Dan Scanderbeg, Ph.D.
John Sweet, M.S. 
Catheryn Yashar, M.D.

Vic Zannis, M.D.

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October 2011

The End of Axillary Dissection?  
Results of the “Z11” Trial & Implications for Breast Cancer Management  

Pat Whitworth, MD, FACS & Peter Beitsch, MD, FACS 

Although axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) remains the gold standard for breast cancer patients with a tumor-involved sentinel node, its effect on survival remains controversial. Equally controversial are the results of the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group Z0011 trial (ACOSOG Z11), which showed statistically significant non-inferiority for sentinel node biopsy alone vs. ALND for patients with limited nodal disease.

While some institutions have already embraced the findings from Z11, others are hesitant to incorporate practice changes without additional evidence. Two of the study’s lead authors, Pat Whitworth, Jr., MD, FACS, and Peter Beitsch, MD, FACS, discuss the significance of the trial, its surrounding controversy, and what it could mean for the future of breast cancer management. Read more

UC San Diego: Leaders in Technology & Patient Support

In 2007, UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center became the second facility in the world to treat patients with the SAVI applicator. In 2010, UCSD created the very first SAVI Sisters support group, which meets quarterly and serves as a resource both for women who have received radiation therapy with SAVI as well as women who are considering it as a treatment option.

Dr. Catheryn Yashar discussed the important of the SAVI Sisters support group at UCSD
Dr. Catheryn Yashar discusses the importance of the SAVI Sisters support group at UCSD

In addition, oncology nurses at the Moores Cancer Center developed a Mentor-to-Mentor Training Program to provide education and emotional support to women undergoing breast brachytherapy. Research from UCSD demonstrated the program’s effectiveness in helping to alleviate women’s anxiety and increase confidence in their choice of treatment. The findings were presented as a poster at the Oncology Nursing Society’s 36th Annual Congress. Read more from CancerNetwork

Finally, congratulations to UCSD’s Team SAVI Sisters, with more than 30 participants and over $2,200 raised for American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in San Diego on October 16. Way to go, Team SAVI Sisters!

ASTRO Webinar: Breast Guidelines

Want to learn more about ASTRO’s two breast guidelines on accelerated partial breast irradiation and fractionation for whole breast irradiation? Then don’t miss this webinar, led by Bruce Haffty, MD, FASTRO, and Benjamin Smith, MD. Registered attendees can earn CME credit for participating.


Date: Thursday, November 3, 2011

Time: 3:00 pm EST
Cost: $99 for members, $199 for nonmembers, free for members-in-training
Learn more here