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ABS Highlights
ASBS Preview
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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12th Annual Meeting

April 27-May 1, 2011

Washington, D.C.

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April 2011

This year’s action-packed meeting of the American Brachytherapy Society saw a wide variety of national and international speakers who presented their data and debated controversial issues. In this issue, we’re bringing you highlights from this incredible gathering of leaders in the field of brachytherapy – including a recap from ABS Chairman Rakesh Patel.

We also have a preview of some the exciting events taking place at the upcoming meeting of the American Society of Breast Surgeons in Washington, D.C. If you’re attending this meeting, don’t miss out on these great opportunities to hear from some of your leading peers.

ABS Highlights 

PatelThoughts from ABS Chairman 

Hear what ABS Chairman Rakesh Patel, MD thought of this year’s conference. Read more


Brachytherapy to Receive Subspecialty Designation

A new certification process through the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) will give physicians who practice brachytherapy the ability to demonstrate special recognition of their skills and experience, according to a presentation by Beth Erickson, MD, of the Medical College of Wisconsin, and Paul Wallner, DO, associate executive director for radiation oncology for the American Board of Radiology.

“We believe that brachytherapy is a legitimate and important subspecialty of radiation oncology. It has a specialized set of skills and proficiencies,” Dr. Wallner said.
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Presentations Available through ABS Live Learning Center

Unable to attend all the sessions? Missed the meeting altogether? You can now access many of the sessions through the ABS Live Learning Center! Visit to check out many of the exciting sessions, including:

Your Practice in the Future: New Focused Practice Initiative in Brachytherapy

Beth Erickson, MD & Paul E. Wallner, DO

Difficult Cases in Breast Brachytherapy

Moderator: Robert Kuske, MD

Panelists: Peter Beitsch, MD, FACS; Dave Wazer, MD

Updates in Breast Brachytherapy

Dave Wazer, MD

Plenary Session: Top Four Abstracts

Discussant: Dave Wazer, MD (Breast)

SAVI Research Presented at ABS

Comparison of Target Breast Volume Treated for Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation (APBI) Devices

The first data to be presented from the SAVI Collaborative Research Project, this study consisted of a retrospective review of 294 patients treated with SAVI to evaluate the size of treated target breast tissue and compare it to published data for other available devices.
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On the Feasibility of Treating to a 1.5 cm PTV for Accelerated Partial Breast Brachytherapy With a Commercial Single Entry Hybrid Applicator

Researchers at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

evaluated the dosimetric parameters when performing a 1.5 cm PTV_Eval expansion for patients treated with the SAVI applicator.
View abstract

ASBS Preview ASBS Logo

The 12th annual ASBS meeting promises to address the many recent potentially practice-changing developments in the field, as well as what lies ahead for breast surgery in the coming years. Presentations will cover IORT, triple-negative breast cancer and the management of high-risk lesions. In addition, the pre-meeting program provides additional educational opportunities for physicians to learn from their peers and get hands-on experience with some of the latest technology in breast care.

Pre-Meeting Courses

Are you registered for any pre-meeting courses? This year’s program covers a wide variety of breast care topics, including stereotactic breast biopsy, basic breast ultrasound, oncoplastic surgery, electronic medical records, clinical trials and:

Advanced Imaging and Technology in Breast Care Management

Wednesday, April 27
7:30 am – 5:00 pm
Moderators: Deanna Attai, MD & Cary Kaufman, MD
(9 CME Credits)
Learn more

Pre-registration is now closed. On-site registrations will be processed on a space available basis. For more information, please contact or call 877-992-5470.

Meet the Experts at ASBS

If peer-to-peer learning is what you’re looking for, don’t miss out on this series of small, interactive discussions with leading experts about innovations in the care and treatment of patients with breast disease. Topics include nipple and skin sparing mastectomy, reconstruction, biopsy reimbursement and advances in APBI.

Meet the Experts

Friday, April 29, 2011
7:30-9:00 pm
RSVP to Meg Koehl at
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