SAVI radiation therapy, five-day treatment for early stage breast cancer
Dr. Frank Vittimberga, Jr., independently practicing surgeon on the Methodist Health System medical staff, appeared on WFAA's Good Morning Texas May 18, 2011 to talk about the SAVI device, usually used in early stage breast cancer, a new breast cancer treatment that can reduce radiation time from six weeks to five days.
SAVI is a five-day radiation treatment after lumpectomy for breast cancer that delivers radiation from within the breast. The SAVI applicator consists of an expandable bundle of tubes, each of which can deliver a different dose of precisely targeted radiation. Because SAVI offers so much more flexibility in the strength of the dosage, a larger group of women can benefit from it. SAVI is an appropriate option for women with early-stage breast cancer. If the SAVI applicator is right for you, the reduction in treatment time from several weeks to five days can be a benefit in helping you return to your normal life sooner.
Methodist Dallas Medical Center was the first hospital in Texas to offer the advanced radiation therapy SAVITM and is one of only 12 facilities in the greater Dallas - Fort Worth area named as Centers of Excellence in accelerated partial breast irradiation for their use of SAVI.
For more information, or to find an independently practicing physician on the Methodist Health System medical staff, call 214-947-0000.
Texas law prohibits hospitals from practicing medicine. The physicians on the Methodist Health System medical staff are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of Methodist Health System.
Texas Oncology PA is an independent physician group with independently practicing oncologists. No oncologist practicing or other health care provider providing services at any cancer center operated by Texas Oncology PA, including the two Methodist Cancer Center locations mentioned above are employees or agents of Methodist Health System, and Methodist Health System does not control nor have the right to control the medical services provided by Texas Oncology PA and/or provided at either cancer center location identified above.