June 21, 2013
Southern Ohio Medical Center’s Cancer Center has become the first facility in Kentucky, West Virginia, Indiana, or Ohio to implement AccuBoost technology for patients with breast cancer who have had a lumpectomy.
AccuBoost is a revolutionary new technology that uses real-time mammographic images to direct radiation to lumpectomy sites with pinpoint accuracy, providing better – and safer – results.
“For most patients with breast cancer who have had a lumpectomy followed by whole breast radiation, an additional ‘boost’ of radiation is given to the lumpectomy site. That’s because this is the most likely site of breast cancer recurrence,” Dr. Johnny Ray Bernard, Senior Medical Director of SOMC Radiation Oncology, said. “The lumpectomy site has traditionally been located using a CAT scan, which is not optimal considering the breast position is different compared to her mammogram.”
The AccuBoost technique has been shown to target the lumpectomy site with GPS-like precision, with less breast tissue being treated compared to CAT scan planning. The technique also distributes the radiation dose evenly for less skin reaction compared to CAT scan planning yielding improved cosmetic results.
“AccuBoost is great because it allows us to pinpoint the site where the cancer was removed by comparing mammogram to mammogram instead of using CAT scan planning,” Dr. Bernard said. “This targeted treatment technique is also different from traditional boosts that are delivered from only one direction. AccuBoost distributes the dose from 4 different directions for less skin reaction compared to all the dose coming from a single direction for better cosmetic results. It is the first innovation in breast boost radiation in over 30 years.”
The SOMC Cancer Center is located at 1121 Kinneys Lane in Portsmouth, and can be reached at 740-356-7490. For more information, visit www.somc.org/cancer or www.accuboost.com.