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Pedro M Sanz Altamira, MD
(978) 946-8230
70 East St
Methuen, MA
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ De Sevilla, Fac De Med, Sevilla, Spain
Graduation Year: 1988
Hospital
Hospital: Lawrence General Hospital, Lawrence, Ma; Holy Family Hosp And Med Ctr, Methuen, Ma
Group Practice: Commonwealth Hematology Oncology Pc

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Paul Jeffrey Spieler, MD
(978) 685-7811
70 East St
Methuen, MA
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Hematology-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: New York Univ Sch Of Med, New York Ny 10016
Graduation Year: 1971

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Silwan Chedid, MD
1 General St
Lawrence, MA
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Sch At San Antonio, San Antonio Tx 78284
Graduation Year: 1999
Hospital
Hospital: Univ Of Tex Md Anderson Cancer, Houston, Tx

Data Provided By:
Ralph P Orlando, MD
(978) 372-7751
288 Groveland St
Haverhill, MA
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Richard Vincent Miron, MD
(978) 256-7747
1230 Bridge St
Lowell, MA
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tufts Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02111
Graduation Year: 1968

Data Provided By:
Mai Tai Nguyen
(978) 686-9152
411 Merrimack St
Methuen, MA
Specialty
Hematology / Oncology

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Yamil H Kouri, MD
(978) 685-7811
70 East St
Methuen, MA
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Hematology-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Languages
French, Spanish
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pr Sch Of Med, San Juan Pr 00936
Graduation Year: 1985
Hospital
Hospital: Lawrence General Hospital, Lawrence, Ma; Holy Family Hosp And Med Ctr, Methuen, Ma
Group Practice: Commonwealth Hematology-Onclgy

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Carole Gail Kohen Diniak, DO
14 Hickory Rd
Hampstead, NH
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of New England, Coll Of Osteo Med, Biddeford Me 04005
Graduation Year: 1986

Data Provided By:
Paul J Spieler
(978) 521-8590
62 Brown St
Haverhill, MA
Specialty
Hematology / Oncology

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Kimberly A Brennan
(978) 937-6258
295 Varnum Ave
Lowell, MA
Specialty
Internal Medicine, 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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