Some women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer may be candidates for MammoSite®. A quick and accurate radiation treatment after lumpectomy, this balloon catheter technique allows qualified patients to complete radiation therapy in one week compared to the typical course of six to seven weeks.
The MammoSite treatment process requires careful planning that begins well before surgery. Breast surgeons make the treatment decision working closely with the patient and the radiation oncologist, who examines each candidate prior to surgery.
Selection criteria include:
Patients who which to retain their breast but are not candidates for MammoSite may qualify for multicatheter HDR. In this therapy, the cancer origin can be closer to the skin or chest wall, and the technique is more flexible.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved MammoSite in May 2002.