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Author: Harriet B. Borofsky, MD
Dr. Borofsky joined Mills-Peninsula Medical Center, as medical director of breast imaging, after receiving her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and after completing her radiology residency, mini-fellowship in breast imaging and body imaging fellowship at Stanford Medical Center. She has been a champion of women’s health, focusing on early detection and diagnosis of breast cancer, keeping Mills-Peninsula in the forefront of the latest, most important imaging and diagnostic technologies; and, campaigning to assure that all women in the community have access to screening and diagnostic services.
: Physicians Weekly Oncology Edition: April 2019
Radar-based localization offers important benefits compared with wire-based and other wireless breast tumor localization technologies.
“We remove less tissue because the procedure is more accurate,” said Thompson. “She could have gotten the same procedure done in Boston, but why should she if she doesn’t need to?”
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Use of wireless localizers in patients seeking breast conservation is entering a new phase of advanced utilization. One such example may involve the placement of wire-free markers before the administration of chemotherapy or radiation. Early placement may be indicated because such neoadjuvant therapy can shrink the breast tumor, making it difficult to localize.
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Women with small breast cancer tumors have a new surgical option at AdventHealth Waterman, using the SCOUT Wire-Free Radar Breast Localization System. This new technology helps physicians precisely locate and remove cancerous tissue during a lumpectomy or surgical biopsy procedure.
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San Ramon Regional Medical Center (SRRMC) continues to demonstrate its commitment to offering advanced treatment options to patients with breast cancer by utilizing the SCOUT Wire-Free Radar Breast Localization System to provide easier, more compassionate care to women undergoing treatment for breast cancer.
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The latest technology uses zero-radiation radar to pinpoint small tumors or lesions for removal with minimal scarring, breast surgeon Dr. Renee Arlow said.
“Patient comfort and safety is always our priority,” said Dr. Arlow. “By using this technology we are providing a better patient experience, becoming more accurate with the removal of breast tumors, and decreasing damage to surrounding healthy tissue.”
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“A special kind of surgeon is needed to meet the emotional needs of the breast cancer patient, as well as a desire to master the technical skills required to perform the highest quality surgery,” notes The American Society of Breast Surgeons in its statement “What is a Breast Surgeon?”
“At Grand View we are dedicated to doing all that we can to make our patient’s treatment as comfortable as possible,” said Dr. Monique Gary, medical director of Grand View Health’s Oncology Program. “We’re so pleased to offer our patients this cutting edge technology to help ease the anxiety and discomfort that can come with breast surgery.”
Clinical data from two important Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation (APBI) clinical trials were presented:
– RAPID, a randomized trial of partial breast irradiation using 3-D conformal radiotherapy (3D-CRT)
– Primary results of NSABP B-39/ RTOG 0413 (NRG Oncology): a randomized Phase III study of whole Breast Irradiation (WBI) vs Partial Breast Irradiation (PBI) for women with stage 0, I or II breast cancer
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Since 2016, more than 350 medical centers in the U.S. have used SCOUT to perform 45,000 procedures. With the multiple benefits to both patients and surgeons, Orlando Health recently began offering SCOUT as an option, and has performed more than 50 SCOUT procedures in the last two months.
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Director of Breast Radiation Oncology and Clinical Research-Radiation Oncology
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“One of the highlights of Savi Scout for Dr. Cho is its application for lymph node surgery. If breast cancer spreads it typically goes first to nearby lymph nodes in the underarm… According to Dr. Cho, the Savi Scout will allow for precise identification of the lymph node that initially contained cancer.”
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Chair of Surgery, Advocate II Masonic Medical Center
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Two Sutter Health surgeons are currently performing a state-of-the-art procedure that has drastically changed the way that breast lumpectomies are performed in patients currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer.
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“Adding SCOUT technology is a huge win for our patients,” said Vice President of Patient Services Dena Zinker, MSN, RN. “SCOUT was designed to not only assist surgeons, but to also give patients more dignity and comfort during what can be a very worrisome time.”
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Stater Bros. Charities and the Inland Women Fighting Cancer (IWFC) awarded the Redlands Community Hospital Foundation (RCHF) a $100,000 grant to purchase a Savi SCOUT system, a wire-free breast localization system to improve breast cancer biopsy and lumpectomies for patients.
“SCOUT resolves one of the most difficult aspects of breast cancer treatment by allowing us to accurately localize soft tissue such as axillary lymph nodes,” states Ari Brooks, surgical breast oncologist and Director of the Integrated Breast Center at Penn Medicine. “The SCOUT reflector is very well suited for use in the lymph nodes.”
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FDA extended the indication for Cianna Medical’s Scout reflector, allowing the device to be used to mark soft tissue sites including lymph nodes.
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Northwell Health, New York State’s largest healthcare provider, has a mission to improve the health of the communities it serves. Key to achieving this mission is ensuring that advanced technologies are accessible to patients throughout the network and not only at larger hospital centers.
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NCMC adopted SAVI SCOUT largely due to the efforts of Decker, who performs the majority of breast cancer surgeries at NCMC. She was familiar with alternatives to wire localization for marking breast cancer tumors and began researching different systems for consideration by the powers that be at NCMC. She championed the SAVI SCOUT.
As a result, both NCMC, part of the Banner Health System, and Banner University Medical Center in Tucson got on board and began testing SAVI SCOUT just over a year ago. In that time, 60 women undergoing breast surgery at NCMC have had the wire-free procedure. In fact, wire localization is no longer an option.
NCMC was also one of the first three hospitals in Colorado to begin using the wireless radar system, the other two being Saint Joseph Hospital and Lutheran Medical Center in Denver. Now there are 10 hospitals in Colorado using the system, and its popularity continues to grow at a fast clip, Decker said.
Columbia University with lead author Richard Ha, MD recently published in the Breast Journal online: Utilization of multiple SAV SCOUT surgical guidance system reflectors in the same breast: A single-institution feasibility study. The objective of the study was to determine the feasibility, safety and efficacy of bracketing large lesions and localizing multiple lesions in the same breast.
Health systems articulate value in terms of quality and patient satisfaction, which is typically measured by factors such as caregiver communication, staff responsiveness, adequacy of pain management and acceptability of the environment. These factors become integral parts of the experience during your patient’s breast cancer journey.1
With so much emphasis on the patient experience, we want to share new insights on women undergoing radiation therapy for breast cancer, and outline five simple questions you can answer to keep your patients better informed about breast brachytherapy.
Lee Riley, MD, Director of the Breast Disease Management Team for St. Luke’s University Health Network, Bethlehem, PA, offers perspective on the key factors in selecting a wire-free technology for breast tumor localizations.
Cianna Medical’s radar technology was recently featured in MED DEVICE ONLINE. The article, Radar Technology Is Changing the Standard of Care for Breast Tumor Localization, is authored by Charles Cox, MD, the McCann Foundation Endowed Professor of Breast Surgery at University of South Florida.
Members of the St. Vincent breast team gathered at the breast center yesterday to celebrate their certification as a SAVI SCOUT Wire-Free Provider.
Welcome to 2018! This is an exciting, transformative time in breast cancer treatment, with advances neoadjuvant chemotherapy, wire-free tumor localization, and more tools for post-surgical radiation. Last year the TRIUMPH-T Trial for 2-day brachytherapy, completed patient enrollment and will begin to report out interim results as early as March 2018. Trial investigator Atif J. Khan, MD provides a snapshot of this exciting trial.
Do you want to implement a wire-free breast tumor localization program at your institution? – now there’s help – SCOUTCare is a comprehensive training, certification and communications program designed to support a facility’s mission of “moving beyond wires” through the adoption of the SCOUT® radar system for wire-free breast tumor localization.
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The ideal breast tumor localization technology comprises three critical elements. Combined, these elements support the care continuum and improve the efficiency of delivering care.
Radar technology achieves the three critical elements of a breast tumor localization technology. It has a detection range of 60 mm and enables unparalleled localization precision through real-time distance measurement. Radar achieves accuracy of ±1 mm in 360 degrees around the target. Additionally, the reflectors used in radar-based systems have minimal artifact on magnetic resonance imaging scans and minimize interference with high-quality imaging technologies.
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HEALTHCARE: Plans to expand customer support team.
“In the 20 months this technology has been available it has been adopted by over 170 medical centers across the U.S.”
The American Brachytherapy Society (ABS) published an update to the Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation (APBI) consensus statement as an update to the 2013 consensus statement. The paper was authored by ten members of ABS with extensive experience in breast cancer…
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FDA cleared Cianna Medical’s Savi Scout reflector for breast cancer conservation surgery without restrictions on the length of time the implant can remain in the breast.
[Dr.] Peterson says [SAVI] revolutionizes the way women look at themselves after battling breast cancer. “The disfiguring surgeries that most people associate breast cancer treatment with, that isn’t true anymore.”
And for McElroy, it gives her hope for the future — a future that’s cancer free. “I feel very blessed and everything has gone really well and I’m going to start working again so that’s a joy,” McElroy said.
Dr. Alice Police was the first surgeon in the country to adopt SCOUT in late 2015, at UC Irvine Medical Center, in Orange County, CA. Dr. Police recently completed validation of the next generation SCOUT that will measure and display distance in millimeters and she shares her perspectives on the most advanced breast localizing system in the industry.
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“the convenience factor alone is an advancement that we are pleased to be able to offer. More importantly is the level of precision afforded by this technology gives us an increased probability of removing all the cancer.”
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Breast cancer remains a common disease with a high burden on patients, families and the health care system. One in 8 women will be affected by breast cancer in her lifetime, and the American Cancer Society estimates that doctors will identify more than 300,000 new cases this year alone.
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THE WOODLANDS, Texas — FAITH “Fighting Cancer” in Montgomery County presented a check for $50,000 to Houston Methodist Breast Care Center at The Woodlands for the purchase of a SAVI SCOUT ® radar localization system.
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FALL RIVER — New technology is making it easier for surgeons to locate and remove lumps in the breast, saving the patient time, aggravation and most importantly: breast tissue. Dr. Maureen Chung, medical director of the Southcoast Health Breast Care Program, has brought the new technology — a tiny reflector implanted in the breast — to Southcoast.
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Cianna Medical, Inc. today announced new data demonstrating the proprietary SCOUT® radar localization system is clinically equivalent to radio seed localization (RSL) for surgical targeting of non-palpable breast lesions. The results were presented at the 2017 SBI/ACR Breast Imaging Symposium, taking place in Los Angeles from April 6-9.
The retrospective study evaluated 119 patients who underwent breast conserving therapy using SCOUT radar localization (n=59) or RSL (n=60), a technique that utilizes a radioactive seed to target tumors. In all cases, the average volume of resection and repeat surgery rates were equal and markers were successfully removed.
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SAVI SCOUT, a new device that helps with breast cancer treatment, was added to treatment options at Chesapeake Regional Healthcare this past July.
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Five months ago, with her last procedure, Carroll’s doctor tried something new. It’s called SAVI SCOUT. USF health’s Dr. Cox was not only the first to use this device in a patient, he helped develop it. “It’s a game changer. It could affect the lives of literally millions of women,” Dr. Cox smiles. Instead of bulky wires that stick out of the breast, SAVI SCOUT requires a tiny incision, under local anesthesia. Then the rice grain sized reflector is basically injected into the breast through a large 14 gauge needle. The procedure takes only about 10 minutes.
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“I wanted an alternative to wire localization. It’s very archaic with lots of negatives.” said Dr. Troy Shell.
The new technology is giving more scheduling flexibility, improved surgical experiences, and improved outcomes at a time when an increasing number of women have to have breast localization procedures. Some reports say the number of these procedures performed every year could double by the year 2020. “If that is true the advantages of this new technology will be invaluable,” says Porretta.
Ellen Gallin-Procida, a patient of Kostroff’s for the last five years, underwent three breast-conserving surgeries using the wire localization technique. She was one of the first patients at Northwell’s Cancer Institute to experience the wireless, radar system during a breast biopsy.
: UC Irvine Health
“My focus is always on finding a better breast cancer operation,” said Alice Police, MD, “Precise location of the tumor is crucial for a shorter operation time, smaller incision, speedier recovery, and to avoid another surgery.”
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“Ultimately, it’s the company’s service promise that distinguishes a great company. Cianna Medical has earned a reputation for delivering exceptional customer service to all its stakeholders – patients, physicians, allied health professionals and hospital administrators. At Cianna Medical we follow a “Code of Honor” that begins with Patients First – Always. Adhering to a patient focused philosophy gives the entire organization the freedom to make good choices in all that we do – from developing new technologies to offering patient and family support during procedures.” – Jill Anderson
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Radiation oncologists can deliver individual doses of radiation through each of the tubes, allowing physicians the ability to customize the treatment for every qualifying patient based on the shape, size and location of the treatment area. This saves the tissue around the treatment area, in addition to the reduction in scarring and burning.
: Med City News
SoCal device company Cianna Medical has built a way to one-up wire localization, with a system meant to improve the acuity of tumor location and reduce the incidence of repeated surgeries.
: A Woman's Health
Breast brachytherapy is a form of accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI), which delivers a dose of radiation from within the breast. The benefits of this targeted approach to radiation delivery include reduced radiation exposure to healthy tissue, better cosmetic results, and fewer side effects. Additionally, brachytherapy will allow for more treatment options in the event of a future recurrence or new primary cancer.
: FDA News
Aliso Viejo, Calif., devicemaker Cianna Medical has received FDA clearance for its SAVI SCOUT surgical guidance system, which uses real-time audible and visual signs to help surgeons target tissue during lumpectomy and biopsy removal procedures.
: Healthcare Business Daily News
Cianna Medical Inc. has received FDA approval for a surgical guidance system called SAVI SCOUT, and it may help reduce the number of repeat procedures required for breast cancer patients, while also improving the patient experience.
“Currently, the most widely used method of wire-guided localization (WGL) is seriously limited by the need for same-day wire placement and excision, and it also faces other technical challenges resulting in a re-excision rates as high as 50%,” said Dr Ahmed. “So clearly there’s a need to try and develop an alternative technique.”
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“The SAVI SCOUT surgical guidance system has a high degree of utility and we believe the system will enable us to improve care for our breast conservation surgery patients,” said Charles E. Cox, M.D., “I found the system to be highly intuitive and expect that we will see fairly rapid uptake of the SAVI SCOUT in breast centers across the country.”
: Med Gadget
A new system called SAVI SCOUT from Cianna Medical (Aliso Viejo, CA) has just been approved by the FDA that allows the placement of a non-radioactive seed that can be quickly spotted even days later using a special probe.
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