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Intra-operative radiotherapy is when a very localised, high dose of radiation is given at the same time as the surgical treatment. The London Clinic is one of the few sites in the UK to offer treatment with the Carl Zeiss Intrabeam® system - a miniaturised X-ray device which is located within our on-site theatres.

The London Clinic works with leading surgeons and oncologists in the field to offer this treatment for Breast, Colorectal and Brain indications.

Intra-operative Radiotherapy for Breast Cancer – TARGIT IORT 

Intra-operative radiotherapy (IORT) is an innovative technique in which low-energy X-ray radiation is used to treat suitable patients affected by breast cancer. At the London Clinic, the Carl Zeiss Intrabeam® system is utilised at the time of surgery to precisely deliver the prescribed radiation dose to the site of the cancer. In most cases, this single one-off treatment replaces the traditional external beam radiotherapy technique, normally requiring 3-5 weeks of therapy over 15-25 separate visits to the hospital.

The Intrabeam® system has been subject to extensive research in order to compare IORT in relation to conventional whole-breast external beam radiotherapy. Between 2000-2012, the TARGIT-A randomised trial recruited over 3000 patients across Europe. Results published indicate that when IORT is given at the time of the surgery the success rate is similar to conventional treatment and notably IORT patients exhibited fewer associated side-effects.

The London Clinic participates in the Targit-R registry which helps ensure that patients are followed-up and safely monitored throughout their treatment and recovery.

Treatment steps 

Treatment steps for IORT breast cancer

Breast cancer treatments

Image courtesy of ZEISS IORT Solutions

The IORT team at the London Clinic

The London Clinic works with leading specialist surgeons and oncologists, fully trained in up-to-date IORT treatment methods. The London Clinic IORT radiotherapy team consists of physicists and radiographers who provide expertise in the scientific and technical delivery of low energy X-rays.

The team supported delivery of the first privately treated breast IORT patient in the UK, were the first site to utilise specialist 'flat applicators' for dose delivery in colorectal applications and supported the UK implementation of the INTRAGO II trial for glioblastoma.

The team have also contributed to research and international conferences in this specialist area.

Further information

Official website for Intrabeam TARGIT IORT

Treatment cost

The London Clinic offers affordable, competitive self-pay packages for certain treatments.

Please call +44 (0)20 3613 7502 to speak to our helpful team to find out more and to book an appointment.

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