Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation (APBI)
Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation, or APBI, uses image-guided radiation
therapy in conjunction with other technology to provide a condensed course
of radiation treatment to breast cancer patients who have already had
a lumpectomy and meet certain criteria. Whereas the standard protocol
is approximately 35 radiation treatment sessions over seven weeks, APBI
requires just 10 sessions over five days.
The Cancer Care Center uses next-generation technology from Contura®,
which allows radiologists to actually shape the dose of radiation to the
lumpectomy site, delivering a very precise sphere of radiation that preserves
the surrounding healthy tissue.
To qualify for APBI, breast cancer patients must have a single small tumor
of less than three centimeters in diameter, as well as negative margins
and no evidence that the cancer has metastasized to other areas of the body.