Breast Cancer Brachytherapy Arizona Breast Cancer Specialists
Brachytherapy, also known as sealed source radiotherapy or endocurietherapy, is a form of radiotherapy where a radioactive source is placed inside or next to the area requiring treatment. Brachytherapy is commonly used to treat localized prostate cancer, cervical cancer and cancers of the head and neck. The preferred treatment for early stage breast cancer is surgical removal of the cancerous lump (lumpectomy) followed by radiation therapy to the breast; radiation therapy following this eliminates the invisibly small deposits of cancer that can remain in the breast after lumpectomy. Radiation treatments are given to kill off any possible remaining cancer cells in the breast. Radiation is done to help prevent a recurrence, or return, of breast cancer and can be given with external or internal radiation. External beam radiation, also called whole-‐breast irradiation (WBI), treats the whole breast from the outside, by aiming highly penetrating x-‐rays at your tumor cavity. External beam radiation begins four to six weeks after surgery. Patients receive one treatment a day for six to seven weeks. It is very successful in preventing recurrence of cancer in the breast, but many women find the long duration of treatment to be burdensome. Breast brachytherapy is a 5-‐day radiation therapy alternative for women with early stage breast cancer. External beam radiation therapy is safe and very effective, but can take over six weeks of daily treatment. Breast brachytherapy, or partial breast irradiation (PBI), has been researched and tested by Dr. Robert Kuske since 1991 as a
treatment method after lumpectomy. He has advanced the techniques and technology, and championed the research bringing breast brachytherapy to where it is today. He has remained totally commited to his patients, who let him know in no uncertain terms that they wanted a shorter more convenient alternative with less radiation exposure to surrounding healthy tissues. Arizona Breast Cancer Specialists (ABCs) is the first clinic in the world dedicated to exclusively treating women with breast cancer with radiation. It is led by Dr. Robert Kuske and Dr. Coral Quiet, Radiation Oncologists who specialize in the treatment of breast cancer. Together, they have 43 years of experience treating this disease.