Breast Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT)

A New Way to Treat Breast Cancer

Not all patients with breast cancer need radiation therapy, but for those who do, there is a new option available at Edith Sanford Breast Center.

Breast IORT is changing how some receive post-surgical treatment.

If you've been diagnosed, you may be able to complete both surgery and radiation at the same time. Get your radiation therapy completed in one treatment or as a supplement that minimizes the number of sessions you require after surgery.

How Breast IORT Works

IORT is complete surgery and targeted radiation in one visit. Immediately after a tumor has been surgically removed, a radiation oncologist delivers a concentrated dose of radiation directly to the tumor’s location in one treatment. Targeting radiation where the tumor was located destroys any remaining tumor cells and helps prevent recurrence.

In a single treatment, breast IORT can be used as a supplement that gives patients time to recover before continuing radiation therapy and decreases the amount of necessary radiation sessions by up to a third.

Who qualifies for Breast IORT

Breast IORT is best for patients who have early-stage breast cancer that has not spread. Ask your Sanford Health breast surgeon and radiation oncologist about breast IORT and your options.

The Benefits