Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT)
Department of Radiation Oncology Boosts Cancer Treatment with Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT)
The Department of Radiation Oncology at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center in Cleveland, Ohio, boosts cancer treatment with Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT). University Hospitals has the longest history of using IORT with a mobile linear accelerator (Mobetron®). The Mobetron is a mobile electron therapy unit used to deliver single radiation doses to a patient undergoing tumor excision.
With IORT, our skilled oncologists begin cancer treatment at the time of surgery while the patient is still under general anesthesia. In doing so, we can deliver radiation to the tumor bed without exposing other normal tissue to radiation.
Avoiding Harmful Radiation
IORT helps reduce the number of radiation treatments necessary for cancer treatment. In addition, IORT may improve local tumor control and help to avoid harmful radiation on surrounding healthy tissue.
Cancers We Treat
At UH, we treat the following types of cancer using IORT, including: