Intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT) allows pancreatic cancer patients to receive radiation directly to a tumor site during surgery, such as a Whipple procedure.
By delivering a single, powerful dose of radiation to a tumor site immediately after a pancreatic tumor is removed, it helps to reduce the risk of recurrence. Also, IORT helps pancreatic cancer patients finish treatment and get back to their lives quicker by reducing the need for additional radiation treatments.
A patient must be a surgical candidate in order to be eligible for IORT. Also, this treatment is generally reserved for individuals with early stage pancreatic cancer.