Intrabeam: New Treatment with Less Radiation for Breast Cancer Patients
New Breast Cancer Treatment with Less Radiation at Holy Cross Hospital, Fort Lauderdale
Intrabeam is a new intraoperative radiation therapy, performed by Breast Surgical Oncologist Joseph Casey, MD, for breast cancer patients undergoing lumpectomy. Usually, after lumpectomy, a patient would have to heal for 4-6 weeks before receiving their course of radiation therapy. In addition, radiation therapy is usually done Monday-Friday for 6-7 weeks (multiple treatments). Historically, there is a hardship in getting to and from facilities for these treatments.
With Intrabeam, radiation is immediately delivered during a lumpectomy, directly into the lumpectomy cavity. In many cases, it's the only treatment the patient needs. In other cases, it shortens normal therapy down to 4 weeks. This treatment is effective because it is targeted exactly where radiation needs to be delivered. It is not widely available, but luckily, this more convenient treatment is available here in South Florida at Holy Cross Hospital.
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