Breast Cancer Multidisciplinary Clinic
Lifespan Cancer Institute

Noninvasive Image-Guided Brachytherapy for Breast Cancer

Noninvasive image-guided breast brachytherapy is a new approach to accelerated partial breast irradiation, a technique that reduces the impact of radiation treatment on the patient by focusing on only the surgical site, not the whole breast. Led by Dr. Jaroslaw Hepel, this developing technique would utilize radiation therapy before surgery and would target the tumor itself, rather than the surgical cavity.

Internal radiation is most commonly delivered using multiple small tubes or catheters that are sewn under the skin in the area where the cancer was. The ends of the tubes stick out through tiny holes in the skin while tiny stitches hold the tubes in place. To deliver the therapy, your doctor will place radioactive seeds inside the tubes, delivering the prescribed dose. The dosage will dictate how long you remain in the hospital, if at all, and how long treatments are needed. 

The benefits of this approach include a reduced treatment area, more precise treatment, and less breast tissue exposed to radiation.

To learn more, please call 1-844-222-2881.