Radiation Recurrence Rates

Precision radiation: Experience counts

Legacy Cancer Institute was the first in the region to adopt the highly targeted form of radiation therapy, breast brachytherapy (accelerated partial breast irradiation). We now have nearly 10 years of experience and have treated the most patients among area providers. Below is a table showing some of our patients' exceptional outcomes.

Breast brachytherapy outcomes

This table shows the extremely low rates of cancer coming back (recurrence rates) among our patients treated with breast brachytherapy, as compared to patients treated with breast brachytherapy nationwide. Patients were followed for several years after treatment.

Legacy's extremely low recurrence rates

Site of recurrence  Percent of Legacy patients with a recurrence  Percent of patients nationwide with a recurrence 
Same place as original cancer   1.2%  1.1%  
Same breast as original cancer  1.6%  2.6% 
Opposite breast  1.6%  No data available 
294 breast cancer patients treated at Legacy Cancer Institute with brachytherapy between March 2003 and March 2011. Patients were followed for a mean of 42.5 months. National data is from American Society of Breast Surgeons, 2011.