Intraoperative Radiation Therapy
Suitable for select women with early breast cancer, IORT reduces treatment time from three to seven weeks of daily radiation to a single, targeted treatment that is administered while a patient is undergoing surgery to remove the cancer.
After a patient’s tumor is removed by a surgeon, and before the incision is closed, radiation is strategically delivered to the area where the tumor was located by a radiation oncologist for approximately 20 to 30 minutes.
This provides a precise therapeutic dose in the location where local recurrence is most likely to occur.
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Some of the significant patient benefits of IORT:
- By dramatically reducing treatment time and minimising side effects, patients can spend more time focusing on their recovery and can resume daily activities sooner
- IORT offers convenience to women who work full-time, and to rural patients who have traditionally had to arrange and pay for accommodation for extended periods of time when coming to Perth to receive treatment
- Radiation targets tissue in the tumor bed from the inside, minimising exposure to healthy tissue and organs
Step 1: The position of the tumour is determined.
Step 2: During surgery a minimally invasive access point is created.
Step 3: The tumour is surgically removed.
Step 4: The correct size of the applicator is determined and the applicator is positioned in the tumour bed.
Step 5: The tumour bed is locally irradiated for about 30 minutes.
Step 6: The applicator is removed and the incision closed.
St John of God Subiaco Hospital Breast Surgeons currently accredited in the use of IORT are:
For a referral to any of the specialist surgeons listed above please speak with your GP.
Radiation is administered by GenesisCare Radiation Oncologists.
For more information about IORT or a referral to our specialists who deliver this treatment, please speak with your general practitioner.
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