Intraoperative Radiation Therapy, or IORT, is a single session of low-energy, high-dose targeted radiation administered directly into the tumor site at the time of lumpectomy.
After the lumpectomy, a spherical applicator on the IORT device is placed directly into the tumor bed and delivers a smaller dose of x-rays than is transported in standard radiation therapy.
Breast cancer patients who would normally undergo a lumpectomy followed by radiation therapy are ideal candidates for IORT. Candidates typically:
At the Rochester Regional Health Breast Center, each patient is evaluated by a team of experts across specialized fields, including surgery and radiation therapy. Together, we'll determine the most effective approach for treating your cancer.
We offer numerous types of advanced radiation therapies, each with its own benefits and risks, and we'll guide you through a customized treatment plan based on your unique condition.
Dr. Khusraw Sabit, Radiation Oncologist at Lipson Cancer Institute and the Breast Center answers the most commonly searched questions about IORT treatment.
For many women, IORT offers numerous benefits over external beam radiation therapy: