The Contura Balloon procedure is an innovative type of accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI), that helps destroy cancerous cells left behind after a lumpectomy, while sparing the surrounding healthy breast tissue.
This procedure is done in the surgeons’ office. There, the surgeon will use a small balloon-like catheter directly to the area where a breast tumor has been surgically removed, which is where tumors are most likely to recur.
The catheter is guided into the space left where the tumor was removed (lumpectomy cavity), and the balloon is inflated until it conforms to the shape of the cavity.
This procedure allows for the radiation oncologist to deliver a precise dose of radiation treatment to the exact area. It also cuts down the normal amount of time for radiation treatment and women can get back to the life they love more quickly.
You will be discharged to your home after you have completed the recovery period.
Denise Johnson Miller, M.D., and Douglas Miller, M.D. explain the contura balloon procedure and its benefits for breast cancer patients.