Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation (APBI) is offering some breast cancer patients more treatment options. This new radiation therapy is given to the breast after a lumpectomy, precisely delivering radiation to the area where the tumor was removed. With factors such as age, tumor size and tumor type, the procedure works for selected patients. Joining this Patient Power program, sponsored by Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), Dr. Janice Kim talks about treatment options after a lumpectomy. Dr. Kim is a radiation oncology specialist at the SCCA, specializing in treating breast cancer. For an added perspective, Dr. Kim’s patient, Lisa Ciglaina, talks about her participation in a research study where she successfully underwent APBI.
Lisa Cigliana was working at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) in early 2007 when she discovered a lump and was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer. She received surgery, radiation and endocrine therapy. Lisa was able to take part in a research protocol studying Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation (APBI). Her cancer journey motivated her to become a Community Chaplain after realizing she had a passion for helping other people facing medical crises. In Lisa’s own words, “I might have found my passion in life, and the diagnosis was something that illuminated the path.”
What does this all mean for early stage breast cancer patients? For some, less radiation time and most importantly, reducing the treatment to a more specific area. The ultimate goal is less invasive treatments and more precise therapies for targeting the cancer. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with breast cancer, learn more about partial breast irradiation and what it's doing for early stage breast cancer patients.
Janice Kim, M.D.
Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiology, Seattle Cancer Care AllianceDr. Kim is Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiology at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Dr. Kim specializes in the treatment of breast cancer. She received her medical degree from Chicago Medical School and completed her residency at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. more >
Underwent APBI for breast cancerLisa Cigliana was working at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) in early 2007 when she found a lump and was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer. She received surgery, radiation, and endocrine therapy. She was able to take part in a research protocol studying Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation (APBI). She can be found at salsa-dance lessons and dragonboating practices with... more >