(October 2, 2012) - Memorial University Medical Center (MUMC) is
the first facility in Georgia to acquire the INTRABEAM® system for
intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT). The system will be offered
to women with early-stage breast cancer. With IORT, radiation is
delivered directly into the tumor bed during breast-conserving
surgery. The result is shortened treatment times, reduced side
effects, and maximum radiation therapy benefits. International
studies of INTRABEAM found that it offers the same cure rates as
conventional whole breast radiation therapy.
"For some women, IORT eliminates the need for six weeks of
radiation therapy after surgery. For others, it can shorten
radiation treatment time by up to seven days," said breast surgeon
Ray Rudolph, M.D., MPH.
"Through treatments such as INTRABEAM IORT, we can minimize the
side effects and impact of breast cancer treatment while
maintaining the high probability of a cancer cure. Many women with
breast cancer can now be spared the toxicity and inconvenience of a
long course of treatment with a simple and effective same-day
Intraoperative radiation therapy directs the radiation where it
is needed most - the tumor bed, says radiation oncologist Aaron
"During surgery, after the breast tumor is removed, we place an
INTRABEAM probe directly into the tumor bed. The radiation is
delivered for 20 to 30 minutes and is absorbed over a 1 to 2 cm.
depth from the tumor cavity. This means less radiation is delivered
to surrounding healthy tissue and organs. It also means there is
less chance of a cancer recurrence."
INTRABEAM has undergone extensive testing to ensure its efficacy
and safety. It was the only IORT system studied in an international
randomized controlled clinical trial called TARGIT-A. As of 2012,
more than 160 centers have used INTRABEAM to successfully treat
more than 7,000 patients worldwide.
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