News | January 29, 2008

Breast Cancer Treatment Is Reduced to One Week

January 30, 2008 - Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers in Evergreen Park, IL, has announced it will offer a new clinical study by Xoft using electronic brachytherapy for the treatment of early stage breast cancer, which involves the delivery of a safer form of radiation to breast cancer patients that will reduce the average treatment time from seven weeks to just one week.

Axxent Electronic Brachytherapy System uses a small electronic, low-energy X-ray source that delivers controlled radiation treatment directly to the targeted area. It is similar to another known procedure called Mammosite, but uses a different type of radiation. The Electronic Brachytherapy System uses a balloon-like device, which is implanted at the targeted area. Twice a day for five days, the balloon is expanded and a miniature X-ray tube is inserted.

Little Company of Mary is the first community hospital in Illinois to offer the study, joining only nine other sites in the country that offer the treatment.

The study’s principal investigator, radiation oncologist Adam Dickler, M.D., said the major benefit for patients is the largely reduced treatment time, which would help many women receive the treatment they need without having to undergo therapy for seven weeks. A key component that sets this therapy apart is that electronic brachytherapy uses an electronic source of radiation instead of radioactive isotopes. This allows the X-ray source to be turned on and off at will, and benefits patients because of its decreased radiation exposure to vital organs such as the heart and lungs.

Another advantage includes the change in treatment settings. Patients will now be able to receive their treatments in a comfortable room setting with their physician, instead of being separated in a shielded room alone while the physician distributes the treatment from another area.

Axxent Electronic Brachytherapy System is approved by the FDA for the treatment of early stage breast cancer. Women who are in this stage and are over the age of 50 may be eligible to participate in the study.

For more information: www.PursuingPainFreeCancer.org/breastcancer

Related Content

First Hospitals Achieve Inter-System Connectivity Across Accuray Radiation Therapy Platforms
News | Radiation Therapy | January 19, 2018
Accuray Inc. announced recently that the Heidelberg University Hospital in Heidelberg, Germany, and Oscar Lambret...
RayStation Selected for New Carbon Ion Therapy Center in Japan
News | Treatment Planning | January 18, 2018
January 18, 2018 – RayStation has been chosen as the treatment planning system for a new carbon-ion therapy facility
Raysearch Receives First Order for the Raycare Oncology Information System
News | Oncology Information Management Systems (OIMS) | January 18, 2018
January 18, 2018 – Anderson Regional Cancer Center (ARCC) in Meridian, Mississippi, has placed the first order for...
Mevion Receives 510(k) Clearance for Hyperscan Pencil Beam Scanning Proton Therapy
Technology | Proton Therapy | January 04, 2018
Mevion Medical Systems has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for the Mevion S250i...
Study Compares Radiosurgery and Whole-Brain Radiation in Lung Cancer Patients With Multiple Brain Metastases
News | Radiation Therapy | January 03, 2018
Although targeted therapies have produced dramatic advances in the ability to control some types of advanced lung...
MEDraysintell Downgrades Proton Therapy Market Projection for 2030
News | Proton Therapy | January 02, 2018
MEDraysintell recently downgraded its projection for proton therapy rooms expected to be operational in 2030 from 1,200...
California US Oncology Network Centers Adopt Xoft Electronic Brachytherapy System for Early-Stage Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer
News | Brachytherapy Systems | January 02, 2018
iCAD Inc. announced that its Xoft Axxent Electronic Brachytherapy (eBx) System is now available at two California-based...
Blue Phantom System Used for Acceptance of First European Varian Halcyon Machine
News | Radiation Therapy | January 02, 2018
IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) announced in November the acceptance and beam model validation of the first Varian...
Study Finds Link Between Breast Cancer Treatments and Cellular Aging Markers
News | Women's Health | January 02, 2018
January 2, 2018 — A new study found women who had received chemotherapy and/or...
ACR Appropriateness Criteria Adds and Revises Topics for December 2017
News | Clinical Decision Support | December 29, 2017
December 29, 2017 — Radiologists can enhance the quality and effectiveness of care with the newest release of the ACR
Overlay Init