Intraoperative radiotherapy


An innovative treatment for breast cancer that delivers radiotherapy directly into the breast​ after a tumour is removed


The pioneer of TARGIT IORT, Professor Jayant Vaidya, is a key member of the breast care team at The Princess Grace Hospital.

Professor Vaidya's approach to treating breast cancer uses Intrabeam® to deliver a precise dose of radiation into the breast, limiting the need for radiotherapy after surgery.

Need to know

  • What happens during surgery? icon plus

    Intraoperative radiotherapy (IORT) is done as part of an operation to remove a tumour in the breast (lumpectomy). Surgery is usually carried out under general anaesthetic. Your surgeon will make a cut in your breast to remove the tumour.

    After the tumour has been removed, a dose of radiation is delivered directly to the area using a specialised radiotherapy machine called Intrabeam®. The precision of Intrabeam® helps to protect nearby healthy tissue while eliminating remaining cancer cells. Your surgeon will then close the area with stitches. The whole procedure usually takes around an hour and a half.
  • How to prepare icon plus

    Your consultant will explain the procedure to you and answer any questions you may have. Because you'll be having general anaesthetic, they'll let you know how long you should avoid eating or drinking before your surgery.

    Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you. You won't be able to drive right after your surgery, so you should arrange for someone to help you get home. 
  • After your surgery icon plus

    You should be able to go home the same day as your surgery, although some people may need to be cared for in hospital overnight.

    Before you leave the hospital, your consultant or breast care nurse will explain how to care for the area while it heals. If you have dissolvable stitches, they'll disappear on their own.

    It's also a good idea to bring a soft cup bra with you to wear afterwards.

    Your consultant will let you know when you can get back to your usual routine, including exercise.

Paying for medical treatment

You don’t need health insurance to have fast access to our top consultants, extensive range of treatments, diagnostic tests and surgical procedures at our world-class facilities.

Our location

From complex breast surgery to breast screening and minor procedures, The Princess Grace Hospital provides exceptional breast care pathways for each patient and is home to the London Breast Institute.

Book an appointment

Our team can help with any enquiries or you can make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

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020 7079 4344
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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