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Grace Reiko Inouye, MD
(808) 245-1547
3-3420 Kuhio Hwy Ste B
Lihue, HI
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Southern Ca Sch Of Med, Los Angeles Ca 90033
Graduation Year: 1981

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Grace Inouye
(808) 245-1540
3-3420 Kuhio Hwy
Lihue, HI
Specialty
Medical Oncology
Associated Hospitals
Kauai Medical Clinic

Anthony R Lim, MD
(808) 933-0625
1285 Waianuenue Ave
Hilo, HI
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of British Columbia, Fac Of Med, Vancouver, Bc, Canada
Graduation Year: 1990

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John H Farley, MD
(808) 433-6845
1 Jarrett White Rd
Tamc, HI
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Clayton Dai Kwock Chong, MD
(808) 532-0315
2226 Liliha St Ste 308
Honolulu, HI
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Hi John A Burns Sch Of Med, Honolulu Hi 96822
Graduation Year: 1980

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Neil J Clendeninn, MD, PHD
(808) 294-0660
PO Box 1005
Hanalei, HI
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

Data Provided By:
John W McBroom, MD
(808) 262-6111
1 Jarrett White Rd
Tamc, HI
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

Data Provided By:
Clayton V Chan
(808) 432-0000
3288 Moanalua Rd
Honolulu, HI
Specialty
Medical Oncology

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Dr.Melvin Palalay
(808) 524-3131
1329 Lusitana St # 307
Honolulu, HI
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Creighton Univ Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1991
Speciality
Oncologist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
RateMD Rating
4.8, out of 5 based on 4, reviews.

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Darryl W Glaser
(808) 983-6000
1319 Punahou St
Honolulu, HI
Specialty
Pediatric Hematology-Oncology

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One Week Radiation Effective Breast Cancer Treatment

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Accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI) using a type of radiation seed implants called balloon brachytherapy, a newer type of radiation treatment that offers more convenience to early-stage breast cancer patients by shortening radiation therapy from the standard six to seven weeks of treatment to only one week, is as effective in keeping breast cancer from coming back as the standard external beam radiation treatment, according to a study presented September 22, 2008, at the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology's 50th Annual Meeting in Boston.

"Not only does it make radiation treatment much more convenient, it may actually increase the rate of breast conservation, since some women choose mastectomy because they live too far from a radiation center and cannot afford the time and expense of six to seven weeks of living or traveling to the center," Peter Beitsch, M.D., lead author of the study and a surgical oncologist at Medical City Dallas Hospital in Dallas, said. "Also, there are many women with breast cancer who for a host of reasons don't receive the necessary postoperative radiation and the shortened course should hopefully allow more women to receive the therapy that they need."

Many women with breast cancer are able to undergo breast conserving therapy to keep their breast after treatment. Typically, this means they first have surgery to remove the breast cancer (a lumpectomy) followed by a course of radiation therapy to kill any cancer cells that may remain. The standard breast cancer radiation therapy treatment takes a few minutes, every day, Monday through Friday, for six to seven weeks.

Brachytherapy is one of several methods of APBI, which treats only the area surrounding the tumor, instead of the whole breast. During this type of breast brachytherapy, after the tumor has been removed from the breast, the doctor inserts a small balloon into the cavity. That balloon is then attached to a catheter that delivers high doses of radiation via tiny radioactive seeds into the lumpectomy cavity.

The American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBS) MammoSite RTS Registry Trial evaluated data from more than 1,400 women with early stage breast cancer who were treated with balloon brachytherapy using the MammoSite Radiation Therapy System, one type of breast brachytherapy. In this study, 400 women were followed for nearly four years and results show that women with early-stage breast cancer who are treated with APBI using this type of balloon brachytherapy had the same chance of the cancer returning as those who had the standard radiation treatment.

For more information on radiation therapy for breast cancer, visit http://newswise.com/articles/view/544312/www.rtanswers.org .

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