Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT)
Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT) is the administration of radiation
while you are undergoing tumor removal surgery. Using highly advanced
technology, breast surgeons and radiation therapists can precisely aim
this "boost" of radiation at the breast tumor site.
St. Joseph Hospital is the first hospital in Orange County to offer this
curative treatment to improve outcomes for breast cancer patients. IORT
offers the patient many advantages over having radiation treatments after
surgery. Advantages include:
- Surrounding, healthy tissue is moved aside so that it is not affected by
the radiation, thereby reducing side effects.
- Because the healthy tissue is not affected, cosmetic results are improved.
- Treatment is easier for the patient. By having this high dose of radiation
delivered during surgery, radiation oncology treatment appointments after
surgery are decreased.
- Cancer cells that may remain after the tumor was removed are destroyed,
before they have a chance to spread.
In the past, IORT was only offered by a handful of leading hospitals nationwide.
This is because the patient had to be transported during surgery to radiology,
where the radiation oncology equipment had to be housed. Transport increased
surgical risk, with longer anesthesia time and added risk of infection.
The advanced technology used by St. Joseph Hospital to perform IORT is
safely used within the operating room.
Before a patient can receive IORT, her team of radiation, surgical and
medical oncologists will evaluate whether she is a candidate for this
procedure. If you would like to find a physician skilled in this new treatment
option, please call (714) 734-6256.
here for more information on IORT.