About the Procedure
Breast Microseed Treatment® is performed under anesthesia in an outpatient setting during a one-time procedure that lasts about an hour. After the procedure, patients can return home the same day and resume their normal activities the day after, including showering and enjoying their regular routines.
On average, Breast Microseed Treatment is performed 8-12 weeks after a patient's lumpectomy. Depending on the healing of the tissue where the lump was removed, Breast Microseed Treatment can also be performed as soon as 4 weeks after a lumpectomy.
About two weeks before the procedure, the physician team performs a CT scan of the affected breast to create a treatment plan that will be used the day of the procedure. This plan maps out the location in the breast where Microseed® radiation sources (also called seeds) will be inserted.
The day of the procedure, the doctor uses ultrasound and the patient's treatment plan to target the placement of the seeds, minimizing radiation to other organs. Guided by the Breast Microseed Treatment template, the doctor strategically inserts needles containing the seeds into the area to be treated. Microseed® sources are then released from the needles, where they remain in the breast and deliver the prescribed radiation dose safely over time.
While the procedure itself lasts about an hour, patients should expect to spend a half-day at their provider's facility to account for required prep and recovery time.
Breast Microseed Treatment has two primary goals: a safe and effective breast cancer radiation treatment, and a quicker return to your normal life. If you think you or a loved one may be a candidate for Breast Microseed Treatment, contact us today.