PROFILE the doc is in Breast cancer is no joke. The team at Dr. April Speed’s Global Breast Health & Wellness Center wants to make your treatment quick and painless. Here, Speed explains just how the minimally invasive breast brachytherapy procedure works. Prices dependent on insurance, Buckhead, draprilspeed.com –DG HOW IT WORKS Brachytherapy is a unique form of breast cancer treatment that expedites radiation treatment from five to seven weeks to just five days. The treatment spares healthy tissues from unnecessary radiation while delivering optimal treatment coverage. UNIQUE APPROACH At A SPEEDY ALTERNATIVE Speed’s Global Breast Health & Wellness Center, the mission is to make breast cancer intervention and treatment as minimally invasive as possible. Says Speed, “The five-day targeted radiation therapy is a breakthrough in early-stage breast cancer treatment that can offer an alternative to whole breast radiation or a mastectomy.” WHAT IT TREATS “Balloon brachytherapy solutions directly target the lumpectomy cavity, where the cancer is most likely to recur,” explains Speed. With this, women have a choice—they don’t have to undergo five to seven weeks of radiation or potential mastectomy with reconstructive surgery. USAGE Although tumor size and location may limit who can undergo brachytherapy, “the ideal candidate is over 50 and has a single tumor under 3 cm without lymphovascular/node or metastatic involvement,” says Speed. EXPECTED RESULTS Compared 86 SPRING/SUMMER 2018 | MODERN LUXURY MEDICINE + DOCTORS PHOTO BY KIMBERLY EVANS with standard whole breast radiation, a patient can expect promising results with brachytherapy after lumpectomy, with fewer side effects to boot.