In This Issue
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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February 12-15, 2015 
The Ritz-Carlton
Amelia Island, FL
32nd Annual Miami Breast Cancer Conference
February 27 – March 1, 2015
Fontainebleau Miami Beach
Miami, FL


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January 2015 

The Importance of Patient Experience and Satisfaction in Your Practice
Louis C. Keiler, MD 

Louis C. Keiler, MD, Kettering Medical Center, has been studying patient satisfaction and administering direct questionnaires to patients for over 5 years. He first became interested in the topic when completing a retrospective series in residency. At the time, he observed that patient perception of toxicity severity, CTCAE definitions and physician observations could be disparate. This disconnect in how physicians graded treatment toxicities and how patients reacted to those same outcomes made him realize this was an area of medicine that was largely ignored. 


In September 2014, at the 56th annual meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), Dr. Keiler and researchers from Kettering Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine presented differences in patient satisfaction between external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) and accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI) via HDR brachytherapy. View Poster 

Among the study’s conclusions was the discovery that catheter-based APBI treated patients were significantly happier and reported less toxicity than patients in the matched whole breast EBRT cohort.  Dr. Keiler shares his comments on the importance of patient satisfaction in today’s healthcare environment. Read More…

Clinical Data on SAVI SCOUT: 
A Novel Technology for Tumor Localization 
At the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium last month, Cianna Medical presented the promising initial results from a pilot study evaluating the safety and effectiveness of the SAVI SCOUT® surgical guidance system. The study included 24 patients, and resulted in 100% surgical success.

32nd Annual 
Miami Breast Cancer Conference
Are you a healthcare professional interested in the treatment of patients with breast cancer? Then you are welcome to attend the Miami Breast Cancer Conference, occurring February 26 – March 1, 2015! Registration is STILL OPEN.  
For those attendees who are interested in learning more about the SAVI SCOUT surgical guidance system, you are invited to join our non-CME lunch symposium on Friday, February 27th.
Moving Beyond Wires: 
A Non-Radioactive Solution for Tumor Localization
Speaker: Pat Whitworth, MD
Registration will be onsite at the MBCC Registration Desk.
You can find us at Booth #22!