Advantages of Intraoperative Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer Treatment.
Radiation therapy plays a critical role in preventing cancer recurrence and is often recommended for women with breast cancer undergoing a lumpectomy. However, traditional radiation therapy requires a daily commitment to drive to radiation sessions five days a week for up to six weeks. For women who play the role of wife, mother, sister, friend, daughter, business owner, employee, or a combination of any of those, life doesn't just stop after a breast cancer diagnosis. There are still refrigerators that need to be stocked, children who need to be picked up from soccer practice, and looming work deadlines that don't change.
For women with “small” #BreastCancer, intraoperative radiation therapy is faster, more convenient, and just as effective as conventional radiation. On the #StMarysHealth blog, Breast Surgeon Dr. Marc Boisvert explains why: Here.
Advanced radiation techniques in IORT lead to effective outcomes that match traditional radiation therapy.
IORT delivers radiation in one short session, allowing patients to complete treatment significantly faster than traditional radiation.
IORT dispenses radiation precisely to the tumor bed, not the whole breast.