State-of-the-art digital mammography equipment is utilized, including CAD (computer-aided detection software) and in-office biopsies are performed using ultrasound guidance.Diagnosis and Treatment for breast cancer includes:
- Sentinel lymph node biopsy - a procedure which uses lymph node mapping to determine which nodes are cancerous
- Mammosite®, a state-of-the-art 5-day radiation treatment alternative for early stage breast cancer
- Breast conservation
The MammoSite® device is a small, soft balloon attached to a thin catheter (tube) that fits inside the lumpectomy cavity (the space left after the tumor is removed). A tiny radioactive source (seed) is placed within the balloon, utilizing a computer-controlled device.
Because the source is inside the balloon, radiation is delivered to the area of the breast where cancer is most likely to recur. When used as primary therapy - the only form of radiation following a lumpectomy - you would receive treatments twice a day for up to 5 days.
If your doctor feels that whole-breast external beam radiation is more appropriate for you, MammoSite® Radiation Therapy System (RTS) may be used as boost therapy. This therapy combines MammoSite® RTS with external beam radiation to deliver additional radiation directly to the area of the breast, where cancer is most likely to recur. In this case, MammoSite® RTS therapy is delivered over 1 to 2 days.