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IORT, Intraoperative Radiation Therapy, is a type of radiation therapy in which radiation is delivered at the time of surgery. In breast IORT, the entire dose of radiation may be delivered during a single, intraoperative fraction. A typical IORT treatment can be delivered in as little as 8 minutes, compared to the seven-week course of external beam therapy.For over 100 years, radiation therapy has been widely used to help reduce the recurrence of cancer and improve survival, and more than 1 million cancer patients in the U.S. receive radiation every year.
However, despite a large body of research demonstrating that radiation therapy is an essential component of cancer treatment, many patients do not have access to this critical treatment. In fact, recent studies also show that many women opt out of receiving breast-sparing surgery with radiation therapy due to time, distance or difficulty accessing radiation therapy centers