Breast Cancer Treatments Los Lunas NM

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Luis Padilla-Paz
Albuquerque, NM
Specialty
Oncologist

Meera Ravindranathan
900 Camino De Salud NE
Albuquerque, NM
Associated Hospitals
Univ of New Mexico

Bernard Agbemadzo
(505) 896-8698
3801 Southern Blvd Se
Albuquerque, NM
Specialty
Internist, Oncologist
Associated Hospitals
Lovelace Medical Group

Francisco Ampuero
500 Walter St Ne
Albuquerque, NM
Specialty
Oncologist
Associated Hospitals
S W Gyn Oncology Assocs Inc

Paul Duncan
(410) 964-2212
715 Dr M L King Jr Ave Ne
Albuquerque, NM
Specialty
Medical Oncology
Associated Hospitals
Hem Onc Assoc PC

Stuart Winter
Acc FL 3
Albuquerque, NM
Specialty
Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
Associated Hospitals
University NM Childrens Hosp

Greg Franklin
Albuquerque, NM
Specialty
Radiation Oncology

Fachyi Lee
(505) 272-4551
900 Camino De Salvd Ne
Albuquerque, NM
Specialty
Internist, Hematologist, Oncologist, Physician
Associated Hospitals
Cancer Research/Treatment Ctr

Teresa Stewart
(410) 955-8893
801 University Se Ste 208
Albuquerque, NM
Associated Hospitals
New Mexico Cancer Care Alliance

Fa-Chyi Lee
(410) 955-5000
900 Camino de Salud
Albuquerque, NM
Associated Hospitals
Univ of New Mexico

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 .

About Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is a malignant (cancerous) tumor that starts from cells of the breast. The disease occurs mostly in wom...

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