South Florida Radiation Oncology offers the most technologically advanced breast cancer treatment options so you can get back to living your life.
According to the National Cancer Institute the definition of breast cancer is cancer that forms in tissues of the breast, usually the ducts (tubes that carry milk to the nipple) and lobules (glands that make milk). It occurs in both men and women, although male breast cancer is rare.
Estimated new cases and deaths from breast cancer in the United States in 2012:
See the online booklet What You Need To Know About™ Breast Cancer to learn about breast cancer types, staging, treatment, and questions to ask the doctor.
For an overview of research advances, see Cancer Advances In Focus: Breast Cancer.
Breast Cancer Treatment Updates
Get information about breast cancer clinical trials, medical advances and treatment, including surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy and vaccine therapy from the National Cancer Institute.
SFRO Multi-Modality Clinics (MMCs)
Multi-Modality Clinics are highly specialized breast cancer clinics. Because we are an MMC, you will have an experienced team of healthcare specialists collaborating to set your breast cancer treatment plan and supervise your care. Your team includes a surgeon, medical oncologist, radiation oncologist, an oncology nurse and a nutritionist. We understand that each woman we care for is an individual with unique treatment needs. Our goal is to structure the best treatment plan for your specific needs. You benefit from the collaboration and teamwork of our healthcare providers, who specialize in the most advanced technology and breast cancer treatments. For more information on the SFRO Multi-Modality Clinics please click here.
Breast Cancer Treatment Options
We offer multiple treatment options for breast cancer including: protocol based, IMRT, TrueBeam and Partial Breast Irradiation.
TrueBeam STx Advantages for Breast Cancer Treatment
Rapid Arc for Breast Cancer Treatment
Another effective treatment is Rapid Arc which is also performed by the TrueBeam, as radiotherapy technology, gated RapidArc and SBRT or stereotactic body radiotherapy.
Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation (APBI)
A new alternative for some women, who have opted for breast-conserving surgery, is accelerated partial-breast irradiation (APBI). It works by delivering radiation directly to the lumpectomy cavity (the space left after the tumor is removed) directly to the tissue surrounding the cavity where the cancer most likely may recur. APBI treatment is given under the direction of a Radiation Oncologist and Breast Surgeon. It is delivered two times daily for five days on an outpatient basis. APBI treatment is a two-stage process:
During radiation therapy, the portion of the catheter that remains exposed will be connected to a computer-controlled High Dose Radiation (HDR) machine. A tiny radioactive seed travels from the machine, through the catheter and into the device inside the patient's breast. The seed will remain in the device and deliver radiation for about 10 minutes. The seed is then withdrawn back into the machine and the procedure is complete. No radiation remains in the breast. After the last treatment (on the fifth day), the device is easily removed. We use treatment systems from MammoSite®, SAVI™, and Contoura® to perform Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation.
For more information about Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation please click here.
To learn more about the study our physicians did on Strut-based partial breast irradiation with the SAVI catheter please click here.
To see the other treatment options available at SFRO please click here.
Please call us at 877-930-SFRO (7376) today to find the right breast cancer treatment option for you.