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Intraoperative radiotherapy (IORT) with ZEISS INTRABEAM offers an alternative to conventional external beam radiotherapy in the fight against breast cancer.
A breast cancer diagnosis is frightening and stressful, and so is the treatment and its side effects. These days, however, there is now a highly effective and less invasive therapy option in the form of intraoperative radiotherapy. The radiation is administered in a single, approximately 30-minute dose during the operation directly after the surgical removal of the tumor. This means that the traditional follow-up radiotherapy – which typically lasts about six weeks – can be shortened or, in the best-case scenario, even skipped altogether. Healthy adjacent tissue and skin is left unharmed. That means the efficacy of the treatment remains the same, just with a shorter radiation duration with less radiation exposure.
The clinical study results published in August 2020 provide grounds for optimism, with one-time, targeted intraoperative radiotherapy (TARGIT) using ZEISS INTRABEAM found to be noninferior to external beam radiotherapy (EBRT). There is equal risk of tumor recurrence in the breast; however, the non-breast-cancer mortality is reduced.1
The TARGIT method, using INTRABEAM from ZEISS, is the result of two decades of interdisciplinary research. The clinical endorsements for the method are motivating the medical technology team at ZEISS to continue working intensively on innovative technological solutions that help doctors to improve their patients’ quality of life. Over 45,000 people have already been treated using the TARGIT method. More than 260 breast cancer clinics in 38 countries have adopted this method.2
How the method works
1. A minimally invasive entry point is created during surgery.
2. The tumor is surgically removed.
3. The suitable applicator is determined and positioned in the tumor cavity.
4. The tumor bed is irradiated locally for approx. 30 minutes.
Carbon emissions reduced by 1,200 tonnes
(equivalent to 100 hectares of forest)3
170,000 fewer hours worked
(can be used instead for childcare, volunteer work or paid work, for example)3
8 million fewer commuting kilometers
(traveling to clinic)3
How the method works
as well as further information about INTRABEAM from ZEISS can be found here.
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Annually, if used extensively, only for the UK; https://doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2015-010703/