Brachytherapy Treatment




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SAVI Breast Brachytherapy

Patient Care Instructions
Brachytherapy Treatment:

Brachytherapy is a type of radiation treatment used as a part of breast conservation therapy. A device called the SAVI™ applicator will be temporarily placed inside your breast. The SAVI will allow your physician to deliver radiation from inside the breast; targeting only tissue where cancer is most likely to recur while sparing the surrounding healthy tissue.


SAVI reduces radiation treatment time from several weeks to just five days. The treatments will take place twice a day for five days, scheduled at least six hours apart.
Pre-SAVI Placement:

  1. Do not eat or drink anything for 2 to 4 hours prior to procedure. You may take your medications with a sip of water.




  1. Do not take ibuprofen, aspirin, or other blood thinners for one week prior to your procedure. If you are on blood thinners such as Coumadin, speak with your physician so arrangements can be made.




  1. Wear a button down shirt to your procedure, most patients find it easier to dress and undress when wearing a button down shirt. Bring your post op surgical bra or a loose fitting sports bra to your procedure (no underwire).




  1. You may not drive home following the procedure.


While your SAVI is in place:

  1. After SAVI is placed in the breast, the nurse will cover it with padded gauze dressings, and a stretchy bra. Wear the bra at all times, even while you are sleeping. Leave your bandage dressing in place; the nurse will change it at each radiation visit.




  1. It is important not to get the dressings or SAVI device wet; therefore you will not be able to shower while SAVI is in place. You may sponge bath and wash your hair over the sink.




  1. If your dressing becomes saturated, your doctor may ask you or your caregiver to change the dressing at home over the weekend. Ask your Nurse for the proper procedure.

  2. If your surgeon gave you a “SAVI Key”, please remember to take the key with you to your first radiation appointment.




  1. The small purple plastic tubes may come out of the catheters. This is not alarming, but please save them and bring them to your next radiation appointment. They are used to close off the catheter tubes when not in use.




  1. You may do your normal activities as you feel able; however avoid carrying or lifting anything with the arm of your affected side. Your physician may prescribe pain medicine to take as needed, though for most patients, Tylenol is sufficient. He/she may also prescribe you an antibiotic; take them as directed until you have finished the prescription.

Normal temporary side effects may include:


Call your physician right away if you experience any of the following:



  • Temperature above 100.5 degrees

  • Increased drainage or discharge from the placement site

  • Sudden or extreme pain, redness, or swelling of the treatment area

  • Yellow, greenish, or foul smelling wound drainage


After your SAVI has been removed:

  1. If antibiotics were prescribed, finish your course as directed.




  1. Most women find it possible to return to normal activities almost right away. You may take Tylenol for pain as needed.




  1. Follow your physician’s orders regarding follow up appointments.

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