RADIATION THERAPY (Radiation Therapy Catheters)
Radiation Therapy catheter placement facilitates partial breast irradiation. It works by delivering radiation from the space that remains after the breast tumor is removed to the surrounding tissue where cancer is likely to recur.
After Dr. Ahmad removes your tumor, he will place an uninflated radiation therapy balloon inside the lumpectomy cavity through a small breast incision. A small portion of the catheter will remain outside of your breast. The balloon can be placed during your lumpectomy surgery or up to 10 weeks after. Once in place, the balloon will be inflated with saline solution to fit inside your lumpectomy cavity. The balloon remains inflated for the entire course of your radiation treatment.
After the balloon is placed, your breast is bandaged and you may return home before beginning radiation treatment with your oncologist.
Need more information on how radition therapy works and if it's the right treatment option for your breast cancer? Schedule an appointment with Surgeon Dr. Ata Ahmad today!