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IOeRT - Is it for me?

If you have early stage breast cancer and your breast can be preserved with limited surgery and targeted radiation, you may be a good candidate for IOeRT. Electron-based Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IOeRT) is an advanced cancer treatment available for early stage breast cancer and is available at St. Luke's Nassif Radiation Center. 

The first step is a one-on-one consultation with a St. Luke's care coordinator, a nurse specializing in cancer. Labs and tests may be done. The care coordinator will schedule three appointments for you to meet with a: 

  • Surgeon
  • Radiation oncologist
  • Medical oncologist

Your multidisciplinary team work together to answer your questions, to review the risks and benefits of IOeRT and assure IOeRT is the best treatment for you.

IOeRT is one procedure, done in the operating room, combining surgery to remove a cancerous tumor and radiation. St. Luke's is the only hospital in Cedar Rapids to offer IOeRT technology.

Your radiation oncologist will determine if you need additional external beam radiation after your surgery.