The first patient in Texas to have breast cancer treated with surgery and single dose radiation received the treatment this summer at Medical City Plano using iCAD’s Xoft Electronic Brachytherapy System, the hospital said in a news release.
The patient – 74-year old Mildred 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.
Schiffer left the hospital cancer-free as the first patient in Texas to have the disease treated under the single-dose protocol, the news release said.
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,” Charles Gressle, CEO at Medical City Plano. Said in the release. “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.
The hospital news release said 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.
Medical City Plano is a full-service, 513 bed, acute care facility with more than 2,000 employees and 1,400 physicians representing more than 70 specialties and subspecialties.
It is accredited by The Joint Commission as a Level I Trauma Center with a Burn and Reconstructive Center, a Comprehensive (Level I) Stroke Center, a Level III NICU and Collin County’s first Chest Pain Accredited hospital.
– FWBP Staff