Breast Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT)
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Alta Bates Summit Medical Center
Dr. Salzman, Dr. Uhl, Dr. Sachdeva
Breast Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT) delivers a high dose of radiation focused on the remaining breast tissue surrounding a tumor that has been removed after a lumpectomy surgery while the patient is still in the operating room. This thereby limits the exposure of distant breast tissue to radiation. IORT is also able to shield underlying organs like the heart and lungs from radiation. IORT reduces the number of radiation days/weeks that are needed to treat breast cancer.