AccuBoost – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
The Top Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
Why would a patient choose Breast Conservation Therapy (BCT)?
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 overall or cancer-free survival while preserving their breast.10,11 That said, this is an important individual choice and a crucial discussion to have with your Radiation Oncologist.
Why is a "boost" dose necessary with External Beam Radiation Therapy?
How will I decide between Accelerated Treatment (APBI) and External Beam Radiation Therapy?
Learn more about the AccuBoost for APBI or Boost here.
Why might AccuBoost Treatment be the right choice?
The AccuBoost Technique, including real-time image guidance, allows your doctor to concentrate the radiation to the target with minimal radiation exposure to surrounding healthy tissue and neighboring organs. The technique lends itself to few unwanted short and long-term radiation side effects and excellent cosmetic outcomes. You should ask your radiation oncologist about the features of the AccuBoost Technique and how they may apply to you.5,6
What makes the AccuBoost Technique different from other Boost or APBI delivery techniques?
Is it safe for me to be around my loved ones throughout my course of treatment?
Will health insurance cover the cost?
Is the AccuBoost breast cancer treatment going to hurt?
Will I be able to drive after my treatment?
Is there anything going into my breast?
How long will my treatment take each day?
How many days will I be treated with AccuBoost?
Can I continue to work during treatment?
Will I get a skin reaction?
It is important for patients to be their own advocates and discuss any concerns with your radiation oncologist to potential skin reactions or related side effects.
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