Internal Radiation Therapy of the Breast in Treating Women With Early-Stage Breast Cancer

2014-08-27 03:17:44 | BioPortfolio


RATIONALE: Internal radiation therapy uses radioactive material placed directly into or near a tumor to kill tumor cells. Giving radiation therapy through a special catheter that is placed in the breast may kill any tumor cells that remain after surgery. It may also be an effective treatment for breast cancer.

PURPOSE: This phase II trial is studying how well internal radiation therapy works in treating women with early-stage breast cancer.




- To determine local disease control in women with early-stage breast cancer treated with shorter courses of accelerated partial-breast radiotherapy (APBI) delivered with a breast brachytherapy applicator.


- To determine whether the acceptable toxicity rates of APBI can be preserved when further accelerating the dose delivery scheme from the commonly applied ten treatments delivered twice daily over 5 days to two treatments delivered over 2 days.

- To assess the rate of excellent or good cosmesis at 3 years after shorter courses of APBI.

- To identify covariants associated with and predictive of poor cosmetic outcome in patients treated with an overnight course of APBI.

OUTLINE: This is a multicenter study.

Patients undergo placement of the Contura™ MLB device into the lumpectomy cavity followed by CT scan for treatment planning. Approximately 1-5 days after balloon placement, patients undergo accelerated partial-breast radiotherapy twice daily over 2 days.

After completion of study therapy, patients are followed up periodically for 5 years.

Study Design

Allocation: Non-Randomized, Primary Purpose: Treatment


Breast Cancer


adjuvant therapy, accelerated partial breast irradiation, hypofractionated radiation therapy, intracavitary balloon brachytherapy


Cancer Institute of New Jersey at UMDNJ - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
New Brunswick
New Jersey
United States




National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Results (where available)

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