Battle breast cancer in five days
MammoSite breast brachytherapy offers innovative treatment for women
11 / 02 / 2007
Maria Nelson, Media Relations
Affinity Health System
(920) 554-0686 (pager)
APPLETON, Wis. – Breast cancer has met its match at Affinity Health System.
MammoSite brachytherapy delivers radiation from inside the beast via a small balloon that is inserted into the lumpectomy cavity. The state-of-the-art treatment uses a computer-controlled robot to place radioactive seeds in the balloon. Unlike conventional radiation therapy, which is once a day for six weeks, MammoSite brachytherapy treatments are twice a day for five days.
Dr. Tod Speer, a UW radiation oncologist at
Lumpectomy followed by MammoSite brachytherapy can be a treatment option for early-stage breast cancer patients. The advantages of this treatment option include:
- Treatment last five days instead of six weeks
- The radiation dose is concentrated in the area of the breast where the tumor was previously removed. Less radiation will reach the skin, lungs, heart, ribs, the healthy part of the breast and the body as a whole.
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For the Editor:
Affinity Health System, a faith-based regional health care network, is the Fox Valley’s second-largest employer, according to the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce & Industry. For the fourth consecutive year, Affinity has been named one of the nation’s top 64 health systems based on clinical performance according to Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care. For ten consecutive years, Affinity Health System has been named to the SDI (formerly Verispan) Integrated Health Network Top 100, an annual assessment of the 100 most highly integrated health care networks in the nation. Both St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton and Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh rank among the top 1 percent of hospitals nationwide in terms of quality and efficiency, as determined by the 2007 Premier | CareScience Select practice National Quality Award. Members of Affinity include Mercy Medical Center and Mercy Health Foundation, Oshkosh; St. Elizabeth Hospital and the St. Elizabeth Hospital Foundation, Appleton; Affinity Medical Group, a regional network of 25 family practice and specialty clinics – 22 of which are recognized as NCQA Level III medical homes, the highest level of recognition – in 14 communities; Calumet Medical Center, Chilton; and Affinity Occupational Health.