Breast Cancer Treatments Waterville ME

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Joseph Heinrich Lanzillo, MD
(717) 951-8846
217 Evergreen Dr
Waterville, ME
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Radiation Oncology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Fl Coll Of Med, Gainesville Fl 32610
Graduation Year: 1982
Hospital
Hospital: Lancaster Gen Hosp, Lancaster, Pa
Group Practice: Lancaster Radiology Assoc Ltd

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Joseph J Hiebel, MD
(207) 873-0423
11 Bartlett St
Waterville, ME
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Hematology-Oncology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Loyola Univ Of Chicago Stritch Sch Of Me
Graduation Year: 1958

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Thomas J Keating
(207) 626-1157
6 E Chestnut St
Augusta, ME
Specialty
Hematology / Oncology, Medical Oncology

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Richard Alan Krull
(207) 621-6100
361 Old Belgrade Rd
Augusta, ME
Specialty
Hematology / Oncology

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Woondong Jeong
(207) 621-6100
361 Old Belgrade Rd
Augusta, ME
Specialty
Hematology / Oncology

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Elena Lampros Nawfel, MD
(207) 872-1140
149 North St
Waterville, ME
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Eugene M Beaupre, MD
(207) 623-8411
6 Eaton Dr
Waterville, ME
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Hematology-Oncology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Vt Coll Of Med, Burlington Vt 05
Graduation Year: 1958

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Donald G Magioncalda, MD
(207) 626-1305
6 E Chestnut St
Augusta, ME
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Suny-Hlth Sci Ctr At Brooklyn, Coll Of Med, Brooklyn Ny 11203
Graduation Year: 1972

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Donald G Magioncalda
(207) 621-6100
361 Old Belgrade Rd
Augusta, ME
Specialty
Hematology / Oncology

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Dr.Thomas Keating
(207) 729-1148
361 Old Belgrade Road
Augusta, ME
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Tufts Univ Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1983
Speciality
Oncologist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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5.0, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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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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