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Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) Delivers Innovative New Radiation Treatment During Surgery

Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) announced that they now offer Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT), a breakthrough radiation treatment option for cancer patients undergoing surgery, and who also require radiation therapy. This new treatment tool enables oncologists/radiologists to deliver radiation treatment during surgery. The benefits appear to be improved targeting of microscopic cancer cells at the time of surgery and the alternative of a single 1 minute radiation dose vs. weeks of post operative radiation treatments.

“This is a promising option for patients who have a recurrence or if a new tumor develops in a different part of the breast. Currently, lumpectomy patients who receive whole breast post-operative radiation therapy undergo mastectomy if they have local recurrence or a new tumor,” said Dr. Ray.

Other medical and quality of life benefits of IORT are that healthy organs and tissues are spared. During IORT, a precise radiation dose is applied while shielding healthy tissues and structures, such as the skin that could be damaged due to traditional techniques. This allows for a higher dose of radiation to be delivered to the tumor bed while sparing normal surrounding tissues. Critical organs within the radiation field, such as the lungs and heart, can also be protected.

 

(Read the news release here)

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