Intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT) delivers a concentrated radiation dose to a tumour bed during surgery. As a result of this advanced technology, microscopic diseases may be killed, radiation treatment times may be reduced, or radiation may be given an extra boost.
Innovative therapy is administered after cancer has been removed during surgery. In most cases, radiation therapy involves five days of treatment per week for five to six weeks. IORT allows clinical oncologists to deliver an equal radiation dose in a single treatment session while preserving healthy tissue. As a result, side effects and time spent travelling back and forth to the hospital are reduced.
To be eligible for IORT, a patient must be a surgical candidate. Consult your oncologist if you think you qualify.