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IOeRT - The Procedure

Electron-based Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IOeRT) is an advanced cancer treatment available for early stage breast cancer and is available at St. Luke's Cancer Care through an international clinical trial.

During surgery, after your doctor removes the tumor, a radiation oncologist applies a concentrated dose of electron beam radiation directly to the tumor bed. A shield and cone protect healthy tissue from unnecessary radiation. In two minutes or less you receive radiation similar to the "boost" given during five to seven treatments of traditional radiation, but with fewer side effects and a quicker recovery. Studies show IOeRT offers low recurrence rates because it treats the precise area where most breast cancers recur.

Here is a video of a IOeRT surgery.


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