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Radiation device Strut-Adjusted Volume Implant (SAVI) has good outcomes for breast cancer patients

13-Jul-2010

After two years of radiation treatment with Strut-Adjusted Volume Implant (SAVI), patients have received positive results with fewer complications which usually accompanies alternate types of brachytherapy.

The study demonstrates how the flexibility and accuracy of the device maximises the dose to the targeted tissue and also reduces the exposure to the healthy tissue and organs around it.
 
Results of around 102 patients who were treated and with a follow up time of 21 months was shown in the study. During the study, SAVI was found to enable safely permits patients to receive Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation than balloon brachytherapy or a three dimensional conformal radiation.


"This treatment allows us to provide internal radiation to the area without damaging the healthy tissue around the site, and minimises radiation to a duration of only 5 days," said Dr. Catheryn Yashar, MD, University of California San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine, and the Moores UCSD Cancer Center, San Diego, California

"The traditional whole breast treatment usually takes approximately 6 weeks." she further added.
 

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