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Carolina Breast & Oncologic Surgery is proud to be fully accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).

 

About the NAPBC...

The NAPBC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to the improvement of the quality of care and monitoring of outcomes of patients with breast diseases. This mission is pursued through standard-setting, scientific validation, and patient and professional education. The NAPBC board is comprised of professionals from 15 national organizations reflecting the full spectrum of breast care. Carolina Breast has voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of performance by the NAPBC. During the process, our center has demonstrated compliance with standards established by the NAPBC for treating women diagnosed with the

full spectrum of breast disease. The standards include proficiency in center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement. A breast center achieving NAPBC accreditation has demonstrated a firm commitment to offer its patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease, offering:

Comprehensive care, including a full range of state-of-the-art services
A multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best treatment options
Information about new treatment options

And, most importantly, Quality breast care close to home.

To learn more, please visit www.accreditedbreastcenters.org

Partial Breast Radiation Therapy


Otherwise known as accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI), Partial Breast Radiation Therapy is becoming the preferred breast conservation therapy for many patients. Partial Breast Radiation delivers radiation from inside the breast and allows your physician to deliver treatment directly to the tumor cavity and surrounding tissue. It is becoming a more popular form of therapy for many women due the shortened treatment time and reduced side effects.


Partial breast radiation provides significant advantages when compared to whole breast radiation. Benefits include:


  • Spares healthy tissue, ribs, heart and lungs from unnecessary radiation
  • Treatment time reduced from five daily treatments over the course of 6-7 weeks to a twice a day for five days
  • Limits side effects to a more localized area


Typically, partial breast irradiation is performed within one to four weeks after a lumpectomy. There are a few different ways to deliver the treatment using brachytherapy devices. Your surgeon and radiation oncologist will decide which method is best for your case. A catheter is inserted into the tumor cavity left behind after a lumpectomy and will stay in place until the treatment is completed, usually within a week. The catheter then delivers a radioactive “seed” to the targeted area only avoiding the exposure radiation to healthy tissue.


Types of Single-Entry Breast Brachytherapy Devices


  • Strut Assisted Volume Implant (SAVI): this device has 7-11 “struts” or catheters which are expanded after placement used to deliver the iridium seeds to the site
  • Mommosite: this devise uses a ballon that is inserted into the tumor cavity and inflated. The balloon can have one to four catheters through which the iridium seed travels
  • Contura MLB: This is also a balloon device with five catheters within the balloon. It also has vacuum ports on either end to remove air or fluid between the balloon and the targeted area


The iridium seed is about the size of a grain of rice and is inserted into the catheters for a total of 5-10 minutes. The seed is withdrawn and then re-inserted six hours later for a total of two treatments a day.

If you are facing these tough treatment decisions and have questions about the possibility of Partial Breast Radiation Therapy, please contact us today and let us help you navigate the path to your recovery.