What is breast brachytherapy?
Breast brachytherapy is a contemporary standard of care that delivers radiation from inside the
breast, via a device placed through a surgical incision. The advantage is that radiation is delivered
only to the tissue immediately surrounding the tumor cavity, reducing treatment time from 6-7 weeks
to just 5 days or less and sparing more healthy tissue. It offers equivalent patient outcomes to older
treatment approaches such as external beam.
What is SAVI Brachy?
The SAVI applicator delivers a form of accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI), a shortened
course of high-dose radiation for early-stage breast cancer patients following lumpectomy surgery. It
is a single-entry breast brachytherapy device that allows physicians to customize radiation based on
patient-specific anatomy. It has been in clinical use since 2006.
How does SAVI Brachy work?
The SAVI applicator is implanted into the lumpectomy cavity usually in an office-based procedure
after surgery. The applicator’s unique strut-based, open architecture design enables physicians toprecisely target radiation where it is needed most while minimizing exposure to healthy tissue.
What are the advantages of SAVI Brachy?
The SAVI applicator’s ability to customize radiation offers significant benefits, including:
What are the advantages of APBI for women?