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.