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Dr. Weintritt Helps Pioneer Innovative Approach to Treating Breast Cancer

Dr. Weintritt is among the first in Virginia to adopt an innovative new device that improves the treatment of breast cancer, by more precisely targeting radiation treatment and providing for better follow-up exams.

He has helped pioneer use of the BioZorb™ marker, which is placed during lumpectomy surgery performed to remove the cancer as part of breast conservation therapy.

The unique three-dimensional BioZorb marker is the first device that identifies in a fixed, 3D manner where the tumor was removed. It helps the radiation oncologist more reliably determine where to aim the radiation.

The marker consists of a spiral made of a bioabsorbable material that holds six titanium clips. The spiral slowly dissolves in the body over the course of a year or more. The tiny marker clips stay in place so the surgical site can be viewed for long-term monitoring.

“One reason this new marker is a great advance is that it allows us to more accurately locate the area where the tumor was removed,” said Dr. Weintritt. “As a breast surgeon, I don’t have to try to describe to the radiation treatment planners where the tumor was located. The marker is sutured right to the site and shows the radiation oncologist exactly where to focus the beam. Put another way, we can precisely target the cells we need to treat, without endangering healthy ones during radiation therapy.”

Breast cancer can be treated by mastectomy (breast removal) or by lumpectomy. With lumpectomy, a small amount of tissue containing the tumor is removed. In addition to the surgery, radiation treatment is typically added to “clean up” any microscopic cancer cells that might remain behind in the breast.

Prior to development of the marker, radiation treatments usually had to be directed […]

National Breast Center October Brunch

National Breast Center October Brunch Coming to the Ritz Carlton Pentagon City
Non Profit Hosts Event for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Pentagon City, VA: The National Breast Center, will host a fundraiser during the month of October to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness month. The event will be held on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at the Ritz Carlton in Pentagon City, VA beginning with a VIP reception at 11 am and followed by brunch at 12:30 pm.

The event is designed to bring the community together to honor Breast Cancer Awareness month, to increase knowledge about screening and treatment options, and to launch this newly formed organization and it’s programs. The brunch will also honor cancer survivors and medical professionals who advocate for breast cancer patients, and will outline plans the Center has to help women in the community.

“There are tools that use cutting-edge technology to improve the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer that are available in our community. Unfortunately they are utilized in less than 20% of women that would benefit from them…We know how to fix these problems, and every day, women in our clinic benefit from our unique approach. We want to touch more lives in more ways and improve the availability and quality of breast cancer care,” said Dr. David C. Weintritt, MD FACS, board certified breast surgeon and founder of the National Breast Center.

Funds raised at the event will help the foundation with their mission to improve the lives of women by removing barriers that prevent proper screening, diagnosis, and education about treatments available. They are committed to setting the standard in improving outcomes through education, personalized risk assessment, access to care, and support during treatments for anyone diagnosed with breast cancer.

Sponsorships […]

Dr. Weintritt’s Response to the New York Times

Ignoring the Science on Mammograms
While the focus related to breast cancer always will and should be survival, there are many other important issues that women with breast cancer face. There are many steps involved in successfully treating breast cancer. Surgery, medications including chemotherapy and hormonal therapy, and radiation are all part of treating breast cancer. What many women and even some physicians aren’t aware of is how many options exist within each of these treatments and how varied the cumulative effort required to achieve survival can be.

Screening mammography, especially in it’s newest form of digital and even 3D studies, is capable of finding breast cancers that are only millimeters in size. When this happens, women are able to look at a much simpler path to survival. Less invasive surgical procedures, less intense medical regimens, and shorter, more focused courses of radiation. Quality of life is not measured as much as overall survival, but why would we shy away from giving women more options with fewer side effects? The majority of women diagnosed with breast cancer will survive. Let’s make sure we acknowledge how different, and sometimes unnecessarily difficult the path to success can be and focus on making it as easy as possible.

Dr. David C. Weintritt, MD FACS
Breast Surgeon
Founder, National Breast Center

Read the Original Article: Ignoring the Science on Mammograms

No Lumps, Normal Mammo, Clear MRI: A Story of Undetected Bilateral Breast Cancer Stopped Early

Survivor Story
“My name is Lisa Cartwright and my story of Breast Cancer may be a little different than the norm. There were no lumps, no indents or pain. My mammogram was negative and suggested I come back in one year.  Sounds great right?  Not quite.

Here is how my story begins. After my OB GYN doctor received my mammogram report, she called to let me know it was negative. I received a follow-up letter shortly after confirming my results.  She suggested that I see Dr. Weintritt because of my family history of breast cancer (sister, mother). I gave it some thought; after all, I had a “negative” mammogram, I felt fine, so why do I need to see a Surgeon?

Reluctantly, I scheduled an appointment and I am so thankful I did!  Dr. Weintritt and his staff were awesome!  He reviewed my family history and told me that I was in the highest risk category of contracting breast cancer in my lifetime.
I knew there was a high risk after my sister was diagnosed ten years prior, but Dr. Weintritt is the only doctor over the years, who told me that I had an option to beat the odds.
He explained that I could have a skin/nipple sparing Prophylactic Mastectomy with reconstruction and that this procedure is an option for high risk women who have not been diagnosed with breast cancer. I was pleasantly surprised!  Dr. Weintritt explained that he would remove the breast tissue and milk ducts and my high risk category would go to a low risk of 1%.  Of course, I agreed to the surgery, because after my mom developed breast cancer in 2009, it has been in the back of my mind that I […]