Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation (APBI)
Accelerated Partial-breast Irradiation (APBI) is a newer treatment alternative for women with breast cancer. It works by delivering radiation from inside the lumpectomy cavity (the space left after the tumor is removed). It is delivered on an outpatient basis twice a day usually for 5 days. A small device is placed into the cavity that is connected to a catheter. During radiation therapy, the catheter is connected to a computer-controlled radiation delivery machine. When completed, the machine and catheter are disconnected leaving no radiation between treatments or after the final treatment.
Prone Breast Radiation Therapy
Studies have shown that receiving radiation to the breast while lying in the prone, or face down, position has many benefits to women, while delivery the same quality outcomes as the traditional supine position, where women lay flat on their back for radiation treatment. Prone breast radiation therapy is a unique approach to treating breast cancer. Radiation is administered on a specially-designed table with a breast board to help women more comfortably lay in the prone position on her stomach with the breast away from the body for radiation therapy. The healthy breast is kept close to the body, isolating the area for treatment. With the breast away from the body during radiation in the prone position, radiation exposure to the surrounding organs and tissues, such as the heart and lungs, is minimized. This lowers the risk of complications, such as future heart disease, lung damage and poor cosmetics.