Being diagnosed with breast cancer can be a frightening the use of radioactive isotopes, eliminating the need for the
experience. Questions often arise including: What treatment heavily-shielded vaults required by existing radiation therapy
options are available? How will this affect my family? Will I need technologies. This allows the clinical team to stay in the same
to be out of work? How long will the treatment take and will I room with the patient during their treatment, providing a more
have to travel far? comforting atmosphere.
For patients living in the Seacoast region, leading edge expert Emphasizing a multidisciplinary approach to patient care, the
care is available locally to help lessen the anxiety associated with Center for Cancer Care at Exeter Hospital evaluates each patient
many of these concerns. Exeter Hospital has taken a number of to determine if Electronic Brachytherapy is an appropriate
steps to minimize the challenges surrounding option for treatment. The multidisciplinary
treatment by combining the expertise of: breast clinic team of experts includes medical
radiation oncologists from the renowned oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons,
Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer physical therapists, social workers, research
Center, medical oncologists from the region’s specialists and breast health nurses who work
only group affiliated with the Dana Farber together with patients and their families to
Cancer Center and the area’s largest group of outline an individually tailored treatment plan.
surgical specialists. Candidates for Electronic Brachytherapy
Recently, a new state-of-the-art treatment are able to shorten their treatment times,
called Electronic Brachytherapy was while maintaining excellent outcomes, all
introduced at Exeter Hospital’s Center for within a less threatening and more patient
Cancer Care, offering some patients who are diagnosed with friendly environment.
early stage breast cancer the option of a five day course of —Gary Proulx, MD, Medical Director of Radiation Oncology
radiation as opposed to seven weeks. at the Center for Cancer Care
—Diane Palladino, MD, Core Physicians and surgeon
Patients can now receive cancer treatment without many at the Center for Cancer Care
weeks of disruption in their daily lives. The new treatment
method delivers radiation therapy electronically, without * The cost of Electronic Brachytherapy may not be covered by some
insurance companies. Candidates for the treatment are urged to consult
with their physician and insurance company.
More information about Electronic Brachytherapy is available by contacting Jane Peterson, director of Exeter Hospital’s
Center for Cancer Care at 603-580-7036 or by visiting www.exeterhospital.com.
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