At UCLA, we have the resources to deliver radiation therapy in the operating room.
In our clinic, Intra-Operative Radiation Therapy (IORT) is being used to treat breast cancer. It is a newer form of partial breast radiation which is done from start to finish in the operating room in conjunction with the surgery. IORT for breast is a type of breast brachytherapy or APBI (Partial Breast Irradiation). It is designed to reduce radiation exposure to just those areas at most risk for recurrence and it maximally limits treatment to the normal surrounding tissue. In the case of IORT breast, the radiation is given in the operating room when the tumor bed is exposed. In many cases, no additional radiation therapy is needed. IORT is typically used for smaller and more favorable breast cancers. We also employ other brachytherapy methods and the latest external beam techniques for breast cancer to best fit the individual patient needs.