Intraoperative Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer

Intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT) is a promising treatment that may alleviate some of the short- and long-term side effects associated with traditional radiation therapy in women with early stage breast cancer. High doses of radiation are delivered during lumpectomies, concentrated only in the cavity where tumors were removed, rather than being administered to the entire breast multiple times following traditional lumpectomy, thus minimizing systemic side effects and tissue damage. Moreover, it is significantly less costly and more convenient for patients.15, 16


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