New Study: Breast Brachytherapy Shows Low Recurrence Rates for Younger Patients with Invasive Breast Cancer

Cianna Medical, Inc: Results could expand treatment options for more women with early-stage breast cancer.

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SAVI breast brachytherapy applicator for early-stage breast cancer treatment

Breast brachytherapy with SAVI shows low recurrence rates, even for women under 50 with invasive breast cancer

"...our study supports the consideration of invasive-histology patients younger than 60, or even 50, as viable candidates for brachytherapy-based APBI."

Aliso Viejo, CA (PRWEB) March 06, 2014

Cianna Medical, Inc., a women’s health company, today announced favorably low recurrence rates – even for younger women – as part of a retrospective analysis of 673 patients with invasive breast cancer treated with the SAVI® breast brachytherapy applicator. SAVI is a strut-based device that delivers a form of accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI) known as breast brachytherapy, a 5-day course of targeted radiation for early-stage breast cancer.

“There is limited recurrence data available for patients with invasive histology treated with APBI, and as a result, many patient selection guidelines use age as a risk differentiator for this type of breast cancer,” says lead author, Ben Han, MD, of South Florida Radiation Oncology. “With favorably low recurrence rates and more than two years of follow up in all age groups, our study supports the consideration of invasive-histology patients younger than 60, or even 50, as viable candidates for brachytherapy-based APBI.”

From 2007-2011, 673 patients with invasive histology received strut-based brachytherapy. Researchers stratified patients by age at the time of treatment completion (> 60 yrs, 50-60 yrs, and <50 yrs) and reported local recurrence rates for each group, which were 1.05%, 2.1% and 1.85%, respectively. Median follow-up was greater than two years for all three groups.

Data came from the SAVI Collaborative Research Group (SCRG), which studies the long-term outcomes of women treated with strut-based brachytherapy, and will be presented as a poster at the 31st annual Miami Breast Cancer Conference (MBCC), March 6-9, 2014. The poster was named “Best Surgical Oncology Poster” by the MBCC.

Similarly favorable recurrence rates with strut-based brachytherapy have been reported with even greater long-term follow-up. Data from the SCRG presented at the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) meeting in September 2013 reported “excellent local control” with a 2% recurrence rate at 4.5 years median follow-up.

“With more than 20 years of data demonstrating its efficacy and safety, including multiple randomized trials, breast brachytherapy is an accepted treatment for a certain subgroup of women diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer,” said Robert Kuske, MD, co-principal investigator of the SCRG and a radiation oncologist at Arizona Breast Cancer Specialists, Phoenix, Ariz. “I’m thrilled with the results of this study, as it provides important insight into a patient population for which there is less data and has the potential to significantly increase the number of women for whom breast brachytherapy is an option.”

Strut-based brachtherapy is used as part of breast conservation therapy (BCT), which consists of a lumpectomy followed by radiation therapy. Traditionally, the radiation portion consisted of whole breast irradiation (WBI), which requires 6-7 weeks of daily treatments. Breast brachytherapy delivers radiation to the area immediately surrounding the lumpectomy cavity, enabling treatment to be completed in as little as 5 days and sparing healthy tissue from unnecessary radiation. Patient eligibility for breast brachytherapy is based on a number of factors, including tumor size, age, margin status and lymph node involvement.

The strut-based, open architecture design of SAVI allows physicians to sculpt radiation based on patient-specific anatomy, which may also increase the number of women eligible for breast brachytherapy.

About Cianna Medical, Inc.
Cianna Medical, Inc. is a medical device company focused on women's health and dedicated to the innovative treatment of early-stage breast cancer. The company manufactures and markets the SAVI breast brachytherapy applicator, for the delivery of radiation after lumpectomy surgery. The applicator allows precise sculpting of the radiation dose, and is designed to make the benefits of accelerated partial breast irradiation available to a greater number of women.

For more information, call (toll-free) 866-920-9444 or visit http://www.ciannamedical.com.


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