What is IntraOperative Electron Radiation Therapy (IOERT)?
Intraoperative electron radiation therapy (IOERT) is the delivery of a single fraction of radiation to a tumor or tumor bed during surgery using a linear accelerator or high-dose rate brachytherapy unit. IOERT provides specialized treatment for cancer patients, especially certain women with breast cancer, allowing physicians to deliver a single dose of radiation to appropriate patients during their surgery. By delivering radiation at the time the cancerous tissue is removed, one treatment is administered – equivalent of six-weeks of post-operative radiation therapy.
Benefits of IOERT
Benefits of IOERT for breast cancer patients include lessened treatment time, reduced radiation exposure, improved cosmetic results, and a faster return to a normal quality of life. IOERT allows radiation and surgical oncologists to visually see the exact area they need to radiate and immediately deliver a therapeutic dose to the affected area, sparing surrounding healthy tissue.
In the best of cases, this single dose of radiation will be all certain patients need. For many others, this breakthrough will cut in half their required course of radiation treatment.
Jupiter Medical Center plans to implement IOERT breast radiation therapy into its world-class Comprehensive Breast Program, which was the first program in Palm Beach and Martin Counties to receive the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers designation. The Comprehensive Breast Care Program, which includes the Margaret W. Niedland Breast Center for diagnostics and the Kristin Hoke Breast Health Program for treatment, was recently reaccredited for another three-year term.