Do You know what Breast Brachytherapy is?

Brachytherapy provides many significant benefits as a treatment option for women diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer

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What is breast brachytherapy?

” Accelerated partial breast irradiation, or APBI, is a localized form of radiation therapy (brachytherapy) that involves the insertion of a radioactive “seed’ to kill breast cancer cells that may remain after a lumpectomy. This allows physicians to precisely deliver treatment to the tumor cavity and surrounding tissue.

Accelerated partial breast irradiation is performed about one to four weeks after a lumpectomy. A specialized catheter is inserted into the cavity left behind after removal of the tumor. The device remains in place during the course of brachytherapy treatment, usually 5 days.

Brachytherapy provides many significant benefits as a treatment option for women diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer. Brachytherapy spares healthy tissue from unnecessary radiation, reduces treatment time to just 5 days, conserves the breast and yields excellent cosmetic results, and doesn’t cause a delay in other treatments such as chemotherapy. ” BC5Project.

Do You know what Breast Brachytherapy is?

Dr. Cynara Coomer video about The BC5 Project and breast cancer treatment options

Video published on 1 Oct 2014 by The BC5 Project.


On the first day of Breast Cancer Awareness Month Dr. Cynara Coomer, Chief of Breast Surgery at Staten Island University Hospital, was interviewed by more than 20 news stations across the country about the BC5 Project and breast cancer treatment options, including brachytherapy.