News | September 09, 2009

Electron Boost Therapy During Surgery Treats Breast Cancer

September 9, 2009 - Breast cancer surgeons and radiation oncologists at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange delivered intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT) using electron beam radiation.

Studies have determined that radiating the tumor site in the breast following surgery reduces the risk of the cancer returning. The physicians treated the tumor with the Mobetron, a system that provides electron beam radiation treatment – in this case an electron boost - during breast cancer surgery. Mobetron is an FDA-approved device provided by IntraOp.

“Delivering radiation at the same time the cancerous tumor is removed allows us to visualize the exact area we need to radiate and destroy any residual tumor cells while they are most vulnerable,” said Afshin Forouzannia, M.D., radiation oncologist, St. Joseph Hospital. This also results in substantially less radiation affecting the healthy tissue of the breast and skin.

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