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Radiation Breakthrough Gives Breast Cancer Patients Hope in Single Dose
Date:11/18/2009

So how does it work? IORT requires a team approach. While most women with early stage breast cancer are eligible for this procedure, the first step is determining that the patient is a candidate for surgery and IORT. After the surgeon has removed the tumor with a partial mastectomy or lumpectomy, the radiation team will enter the operating room and deliver a single dose of radiation using a mobile linear accelerator. In two to three minutes, the radiation is precisely delivered to the area where the tumor was removed, shielding or protecting normal tissues from potential radiation damage, allowing a full dose of radiation to be delivered where needed and sparing the surrounding structures.

While IORT will offer significant medical and quality of life benefits for breast cancer patients, it will also be a valuable tool for many patients battling other cancer types including: head and neck, stomach, pancreas, rectum, gynecological, prostate and soft tissue sarcomas (especially retroperitoneal). For patients who must receive additional radiation therapy following surgery, they can receive a "boost" of radiation during IORT, shielding the surrounding tissues from radiation damage while allowing a higher dose to the area requiring treatment.

Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Philadelphia expects to begin treating breast cancer patients with IORT by the end of January 2010, as the latest addition to the hospital's fully integrative model of care. For more information, visit cancercenter.com.

About Cancer Treatment Centers of America:

Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) is a national network of hospitals providing a comprehensive, fully integrative approach to cancer treatment. CTCA serves patients with advanced cancer from all 50 states at facilities located in suburban Chicago, Philadelphia, Tulsa and suburban Phoenix. For more informat
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