Part of my commitment to deliver the highest quality and most advanced care to patients is to explore cutting-edge breast cancer techniques and treatments. I’m excited to share with the Breastlink community that we completed our first intraoperative radiotherapy (IORT) procedure, using the XOFT Axxent® eBx System.
IORT is a relatively new approach to deliver radiotherapy in conjunction with a lumpectomy. During the surgical procedure, and after the identified breast cancer has been removed, an individualized dose of radiation therapy is specifically targeted to the immediate area around where the cancer was located.
This provides many benefits to patients, including reducing radiation exposure to overlying skin and nearby organs, as well as shortening the radiation treatment to one intraoperative dose. Peer-reviewed studies have shown that the dose of radiation therapy delivered during an IORT procedure is equivalent to six weeks of treatment associated with traditional whole breast radiotherapy.
Many of our patients lead busy, active lives. Some travel great distances for surgical treatment. For these patients a one-time radiation treatment is ideal and obviates the need for multiple trips necessary with whole breast radiotherapy.
It is important to note that IORT is not for all patients. Strict criteria are used to select the appropriate patients under an institutional review board (IRB) approved research protocol. Talk to your breast care specialist for more information on this new breast cancer treatment.