Brain Cancer Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT)
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Video: IORT TreatmentDr. Dean Conterato, a radiation oncologist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America, discusses Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT). He explains how this innovative cancer treatment is used in conjunction with surgery.
Dr. Dean Conterato, a radiation oncologist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America, discusses Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT). He explains how this innovative cancer treatment is used in conjunction with surgery.
Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT) for Brain Cancer
Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT) is presently under investigational use as a brain cancer treatment option at CTCA.
With IORT, our radiation oncologists can deliver a single, powerful dose of radiation directly to the tumor bed at the time of brain tumor resection. This significantly increases the dose of radiation that can be delivered, while shielding the surrounding healthy brain tissues.
In order to be a candidate for Intraoperative Radiation Therapy, patients must be eligible for brain cancer surgery, with a brain tumor that is resectable.
Advantages of Brain Cancer IORT
- IORT allows for higher doses of radiation to be delivered along the edges of the tumor while sparing healthy areas of the brain.
- IORT avoids radiation exposure to surrounding normal structures, particularly the scalp and the skin on the scalp.
- IORT helps to destroy microscopic tumor cells left behind after brain cancer surgery.
- IORT delivers the equivalent of several weeks of standard brain cancer radiation therapy in a single dose and treatment session, helping patients get back to their lives quicker. The IORT treatment itself takes about four to five minutes.
Helping You Maintain Your Quality of Life
Your CTCA care team anticipates and proactively manages the side effects of brain cancer radiation therapy. Before, during and after your treatment, you’ll receive supportive therapies designed to keep you strong, reduce the side effects of radiation, and promote your overall well-being.
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