Intraoperative radiation therapy sometimes abbreviated iort is a relatively new way to give radiation therapy during surgery to remove breast cancer radiation is given as a single dose directly to the area where the cancer used to be. Intraoperative radiation therapy iort is a state of the art cancer treatment that delivers a single dose of radiation therapy in a single session cancer treatment centers of america ctca is one of only a few hospitals in the us to offer this advanced therapy to cancer patients. Intraoperative radiation therapy or iort is the application of therapeutic levels of radiation to the tumor bed while the area is exposed during surgery iort is typically a component in the multidisciplinary treatment of locally advanced and recurrent cancer . Intraoperative radiation therapy iort is an intensive radiation treatment thats administered during surgery iort allows direct radiation to the target area while sparing normal surrounding tissue iort is used to treat cancers that are difficult to remove during surgery and when there is a concern that microscopic amounts of cancer may remain. Intraoperative radiation therapy is a treatment for cancer in which the radiation is delivered directly to a small area of the body all at once this is different from the usual method of delivering radiation in which a larger part of the body such as an entire organ receives radiation for a longer period of time
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