Electronic Brachytherapy (eBx™) is a form of accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI) that delivers radiation from inside the patient close to the cancer. Like conventional external radiation treatment, APBI is used as follow-up treatment to surgery to reduce cancer recurrence. eBx replaces the traditional six and a half weeks of daily treatments with just 10 treatments within five days.
What is Brachytherapy?
Brachytherapy is radiation therapy delivered over a short distance. Instead of using external radiation from outside the body, brachytherapy delivers the dose directly inside the body where the cancer was removed or next to the existing tumor. Brachytherapy is most often performed as an outpatient procedure. Unlike alternative brachytherapy procedures which use radioactive isotopes, the Axxent® System uses a non-radioactive electronic source which only emits radiation when the power is on.
What Is Electronic Brachytherapy (eBx)?
eBx™ utilizes a miniaturized X-ray source to deliver high dose radiation internally at low energy, allowing treatment to be delivered in a minimally shielded environment, thus making eBx™ accessible to more clinical settings.
Advantages to Electronic Brachytherapy (eBx)
• Is non-radioactive
• Reduces radiation exposure to healthy organs and tissue
• Reduces treatment time
• Allows medical personnel to stay with you during treatment
If you’re diagnosed with breast cancer, ask your physician about eBx to find out if this treatment is right for you. It’s available close to home at Covenant Cancer Treatment Center, allowing you to go home every night, and be treated near friends and family.