What are the benefits?
Studies have shown IORT is as effective as traditional radiation treatments in treating early stage (Stage I) breast cancer. IORT also eliminates the need for multiple radiation treatments, reducing the negative health side effects of radiation treatment.
Does the treatment hurt?
Patients undergoing IORT will likely not experience side effects any differently than undergoing lumpectomy. Patients are put under anesthesia while the surgeon works to remove the tumor and surrounding breast tissue. After the surgeon completes the lumpectomy, the surgeon and radiation oncologist will administer the radiation treatment.
How long does the treatment last?
An IORT treatment will last anywhere between 30 and 60 minutes depending on the severity of the diagnosis.
Who is eligible for IORT?
IORT is available to patients diagnosed with early stage (Stage I) breast cancer and undergoing a breast lumpectomy.
Will I still require radiation treatments after undergoing IORT?
Some patients may be required to undergo traditional radiation therapy as a follow-up to ensure the treatment is effective. In this case, IORT is considered a “boost” to the subsequent treatments which can help reduce follow-up treatment times and eliminate the possibility of post-surgery complications.
Currently, IORT is available to breast cancer patients who undergo lumpectomy to remove breast tumors less than two centimeters in size.