Radiation therapy is often utilized as a follow-up to lumpectomy procedures to eradicate cancerous cells. This therapy is designed to minimize the chance of regrowth of harmful breast cancer tumors. Internal radiation techniques are used to carefully target the tissue within the lumpectomy cavity without posing a threat to surrounding vital tissues. 5 Day Treatment with the SAVI applicator is an advanced option for post-lumpectomy radiation therapy, and it offers several benefits including those listed below.
- Optimal targeting of harmful tissue: The SAVI applicator is placed through a single incision into the lumpectomy cavity. Once placed, the applicator is expanded to fit snugly within the cavity. This allows for the precise delivery of radiation with multiple catheters that are able to deliver varying doses of radiation. Only the unhealthy tissue will be targeted, thereby protecting the delicate organs located near the breast.
- Easy compatibility with other treatments: If you are planning radiation therapy with your doctor while discussing lumpectomy surgery, you can further combine the two treatments by having the applicator inserted at the time of your lumpectomy. This will make the 5 Day Treatment even easier for you and reduce the time needed for your first radiation session.
- Accelerated treatment schedule: Some types of radiation therapy can take up to six weeks to complete, and this timeframe is not ideal for women who are balancing work and treatment. The typical span of treatment with the SAVI applicator is twice daily for five days. Patients report that treatment does not slow them down or interfere with other aspects of their lives.
Find out if the 5 Day Treatment is appropriate for your breast cancer care by exploring all of your options with Marla W. Dudak, MD. Schedule a consultation in our comfortable and caring practice by calling (888) 418-6759 or by visiting our website.