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In This Issue


SAVI Case Reviews

ABS Breast Brachytherapy School

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 Events

ABS Breast Brachytherapy & Brachytherapy Physics School
Feb. 11-12, 2010
Amelia Island, FL

American College of Radiation Oncology Annual Meeting
Feb. 25-27, 2010
Disney World
Lake Buena Vista, FL


Follow-up Links

Past Issues

Oncology Associates of San Diego
Comprehensive Breast Care of San Diego



January 2010 


To MRI or Not to MRI?

Breast MRI & APBI Patient Selection

Increasing numbers of physicians are using preoperative breast MRI for women with early-stage breast cancer who want to pursue breast conservation therapy.

Proponents of MRI say the additional imaging improves surgical planning and reduces re-excision rates.  Opponents argue that it increases cost and leads to more extensive surgery without necessarily leading to better surgical outcomes.


This month, breast surgeon Julie Barone, D.O. of Oncology Associates of San Diego and Comprehensive Breast Care of San Diego, explains her views on preoperative breast MRI – and why she wouldn’t recommend APBI without one. Full Story 


Stay tuned to hear from next month’s featured physician about why they take a more conservative approach towards breast MRI.



Case Reviews:

APBI & Augmented BreastsSAVI


For women with augmented breasts who are receiving breast irradiation, capsular contraction is a significant concern. For these women, breast brachytherapy represents the best opportunity to minimize radiation to the breast tissue/implant interface.
See how physicians at Texas Oncology and Oncology Therapies of Vista utilized the SAVI applicator to minimize these risks and safely deliver APBI with excellent outcomes.



It’s Time for School!  
Whether you’re starting a new breast brachytherapy program or simply looking to strengthen an existing one, you don’t want to miss one of the premier educational events for surgeons, radiation oncologists and medical physicists interested in APBI.
9th Annual School of Breast Brachytherapy & Brachytherapy Physics
February 11-12, 2010
Amelia Island, FL
Don’t miss out – the registration deadline is January 29, 2010!