New therapy for breast cancer
Aug 3, 2011
New breast cancer health news has developed from Staten Island University Hospital, as a new type of radiation therapy for early-stage cancer allows for less treatment time. The Center for Excellence SAVI treatment involves a brachytherapy applicator that helps complete radiation treatment in just five days.
"The reason to use a multi-catheter device is that we can control the dose of radiation for each of the catheters, so the catheters that are closest to the skin can get less radiation," said Dr. Cynara Coomer, chief of Breast Surgery at SIUH and director of The Comprehensive Breast Center. "The catheters that are closest to the breast tissue can get more radiation. So, the tissue that really needs to be radiated can be radiated with the highest dose and that means less exposure to the skin, the chest wall, heart and lungs."
The treatment is given twice a day, and the applicator goes underneath a sports bra in order to stay in place.
According to the Susan G. Komen organization, some of the increased risk factors for developing the disease includes a family history of the disease, high breast density and the BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 gene mutation.