Patients who meet a specific selection criteria under strict protocol may now reduce the number of radiation doses necessary to treat early stage breast cancer, according to officials from Tri-City Medical Center. The program is being launched this August at the Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside. Officials say it’s one of the only hospitals in North County that offers IORT and among the first in San Diego County.
Radiation oncologists and breast cancer surgeons work together to perform the procedure, that involves a full, concentrated dose of radiation at the time of the patient’s lumpectomy, officials said. This treatment intensely targets cancer cells while sparing healthy tissue.
Previous treatments for traditional breast cancer have generally required radiation sessions five days per week for a period of three to six weeks using external beam radiation therapy (EBRT), according to Tri-City Medical Center. The revolutionary new treatment requires only one day to take effect. The radiation is also delivered differently, using an internal balloon catheter called the Xoft system rather than an external beam.
Studies show that IORT is equally effective with fewer painful side effects than traditional radiation, officials said. This treatment option was made available as a result of Tri City’s collaboration with UC San Diego Health.
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