Botsford News Release
Farmington Hills, Mich. (July 10, 2009)---The Radiation Oncology team at Botsford Cancer Center treated its first High Dose Rate radiation therapy patient Wednesday morning.
The patient, Toniessia Daniels, a 54-year old Taylor woman, received partial breast irradiation with the MammoSite Radiation Therapy System. The treatment is a relatively new tool in treating early-stage breast cancer patients following a lumpectomy.
“While our first slate of HDR patients will receive the Mammosite therapy, we will soon begin to use HDR brachytherapy to treat prostate and other cancers,” said Ted Tenenbaum, the Botsford Cancer Center Administrator. He went on to explain that HDR brachytherapy involves the insertion of a radioactive source into tissue to deliver radiation therapy directly to the tumor or tumor site thus avoiding damage to healthy tissue.
There are additional advantages to the use of HDR for breast cancer patients. The more commonly-used external beam radiation requires a daily visit to the Cancer Center for five to seven weeks. MammoSite therapy calls for two treatments per day for only five days. A small catheter delivers radiation into the cavity in the breast where the tumor was removed and targets the area where cancer is most likely to recur. The treatment is used for breast cancers that are small, localized and do not involve lymph nodes.
The Botsford Cancer Center opened in January 2009.
Botsford Hospital is a multi-specialty 330 bed hospital and verified trauma center located in Farmington Hills, Michigan. The campus also houses an imaging center and a comprehensive care cancer center. Botsford Hospital is also home to an extensive medical education program and is part of Michigan State University's statewide campus system. Botsford Hospital each year cares for approximately 16,000 inpatients and more than 60,000 emergency and trauma patients with a team of 2,500 employees, 300 volunteers and more than 600 physicians. A not-for-profit hospital, Botsford provided almost $10.5 million in community benefit during its 2011 fiscal year.
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