Strut Assisted Volume Implant (SAVI) Treatment
SAVI (www.biolucent.com) is a novel intracavitary brachytherapy approach designed to deliver PBI in women with early stage breast cancer treated with breast conserving surgery.
Unlike Mammosite, SAVI consists of a multi-channel catheter system. Each individual channel can be loaded with a brachytherapy source for varying lengths of time to better conform the dose to the shape of the lumpectomy cavity. Moreover, lower doses can be delivered to the overlying skin and chest wall.
Treatment is delivered using the same number of treatments and total dose as the Mammosite device. Once completed, the catheter is collapsed and withdrawn from the patient.
Ask your Radiation oncologist whether SAVI is appropriate for you.