Accuboost

AccuBoost® is the latest innovation in breast radiotherapy that achieves the goal of targeting the boost dose to the lumpectomy cavity margin – the tissue that is the most likely site of future recurrence. The AccuBoost process combines a noninvasive method of delivering a well focused beam with the power of real-time image guidance to target the radiation dose accurately and reliably to the surgical excision site (target tissue). Additionally, AccuBoost strongly limits unintentional exposure to otherwise healthy tissue and minimizes radiation-related side effects.


Why breast conservation therapy?

Numerous published reports indicate that patients with early stage breast cancer who choose the lumpectomy option followed by a full course of radiation therapy that includes a boost dose, have as good a chance as those electing mastectomy for cancer free survival while preserving their breast.

 

Why is a "boost" dose necessary?

The boost dose is an important ingredient of the full course of radiation therapy and is delivered to the tissue adjacent to the surgical excision site, a region from which most recurrences originate. The added boost dose to the surgical margin has been shown to provide additional protection against recurrence.

 

What makes AccuBoost® unique from other boost delivery techniques?

The AccuBoost therapy is the latest innovation in using real-time imaging techniques to accurately target the boost dose to the intended site. In addition, the AccuBoost design delivers a focused (conformal) dose only to the target tissue, sparing unintended exposure to healthy tissue.

 

Why is AccuBoost therapy the right choice?

The AccuBoost therapy is a more accurate design for targeting the dose and a highly reliable approach for delivering focused and uniform radiation to the surgical margin. AccuBoost is the scientific method for concentrating the radiation to the required site with minimal exposure to surrounding healthy tissue and neighboring organs. You should ask your radiation oncologist about the benefits of AccuBoost, and how they apply to you.

What are the side effects of this treatment?

AccuBoost has been designed and tested to reduce radiation related side effects. The uniform and focused field minimizes radiation related complications. The noninvasive nature of the AccuBoost procedure eliminates infection and drainage issues associated with invasive procedures.

 

Will health insurance cover the cost?

Radiation boost and image guidance to target the dose are accepted procedures for the treatment of breast cancer and are covered by most plans. Specific coverage for the AccuBoost procedure will depend on your individual healthcare plan.

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Who do you call if you have questions?

Call the SOMC Cancer Center at (740) 356-7490 or toll free 1-888-722-8787, or e-mail us if you have questions.