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Taking Action Against Her Breast Cancer

Source: WUSA (CBS)

Author: Amy Leone

Published: February 09, 2011

Helen Crosskey, a breast cancer patient at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) in Philadelphia was inteviewed at her home in Cheverly, Maryland about her experience receiving Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT).

IORT administers one single dose of radiotherapy while the patient is undergoing the surgical procedure therefore reducing the 6 weeks of radiation therapy most breast cancer patients undergo. CTCA is one of only a handful of institutions in the U.S. using IORT.

Helen was joined by CTCA Director of Radiation Oncology Dr. Pablo Lavagnini who explained the benefits of IORT and why Helen was a candidate for the procedure