There has been much advancement in breast cancer care in the past decade. The five-day treatment is a recently developed method for partial breast irradiation after a tumor has been removed. At the Boca Raton office of Marla W. Dudak, MD, we are at the forefront of this innovative and beneficial partial breast irradiation procedure.
What is the five-day treatment?
The five-day treatment is a new option for patients who have undergone a lumpectomy, which is the removal of a tumor in the breast. This procedure provides partial breast irradiation to the specific area where the tumor was removed.
What does the procedure entail?
To begin the five-day treatment, your doctor will surgically implant an applicator into the cavity where the tumor was removed. Once it is in place, the applicator will expand to fill the entire cavity. Your doctor will use a catheter attached to the applicator to give twice-daily doses of radiation directly into the cavity. This will continue for five days, and then the applicator will be removed.
What are its benefits?
Previous to the invention of partial breast irradiation, patients had to undergo six to seven weeks of intensive whole-breast radiation therapy. Partial breast irradiation therapy allows for a much shorter treatment. Since the radiation is administered directly at the source, surrounding vital organs aren’t as exposed to radioactivity. Direct application also means less impact on the patient’s overall health, so you can return to daily activities during these five days.
If you’re worried about the impact radiation after breast cancer treatment will have on your life, consider the options partial breast irradiation provides. At the office of Dr. Marla W. Dudak, MD in Boca Raton, our experienced staff is here to discuss treatment options with you. Call us today at (888) 418-6759 to learn about the newest breast cancer care available in Boca Raton.