Advanced treatment advance provides life-saving option while minimizing radiation
PLANO, Texas – 74-year old Mildred Schiffer is enjoying her daily 10-mile walks again after becoming the first in Texas to receive a new and potentially life-saving treatment for early stage breast cancer at Medical City Plano.
Schiffer was referred to Medical City Plano by her physician after she discovered a lump in her breast earlier this summer. Both of her sisters died of breast cancer 20 years ago. Mildred left the hospital cancer-free as the first patient in Texas to have the disease treated with surgery and radiation using iCAD’s Xoft Electronic Brachytherapy System.
The FDA approved treatment uses a miniaturized x-ray source to deliver one precise, concentrated dose of radiation to a tumor site at the time of breast-conserving surgery (lumpectomy). The treatment can be completed in as little as eight minutes, making it possible for appropriately selected patients to replace six to eight weeks of traditional radiation therapy with a single treatment.
“Bringing this revolutionary treatment to our community reinforces our commitment to offering patients superior care through leading-edge technologies,” said Charles Gressle, CEO at Medical City Plano. “We are proud to be the first and only facility in our area to provide a precise treatment option with significant advantages for women diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer, including shorter treatment times, fewer side effects, improved quality of life and overall better outcomes.”
The treatment can be used for several forms of cancer including early stage breast cancer, non-melanoma skin cancer, and gynecological cancers. It has been used to successfully treat more than 10,000 patients worldwide. Research shows eliminating weeks of external beam radiation may also result in reduced lifetime radiation exposure, improved quality of life and significant cost savings.
This new treatment adds to the compliment of leading edge breast care services and procedures at the Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Medical City Plano.