Intra-operative radiation therapy (IORT) is the use of radiation therapy in the operating room during a surgical procedure.
IORT for breast cancer is a specific technique delivered during surgery to remove breast cancer. During the surgical procedure, the surgeon shows the radiation oncologist the areas of the tumor bed at risk for disease. The sensitive normal tissues are moved out of the radiation field, and then the radiation oncologist directs a single high dose of radiation to this high-risk area while sparing skin and nearby healthy tissues.
At Epic Care, Radiation Oncologist, Dr. Valery Uhl and Breast Surgeon, Dr. Lisa Baily participate in ongoing independent research for targeted IORT during breast surgery and have access to the IntraBeam machine for delivery of IORT. Breast surgery followed by IORT, are done in the operating room at Sutter Health.
IORT may be used alone, but is often complemented by additional external beam radiation therapy after a patient has healed from surgery.
Dr. Uhl is a Board Certified Radiation Oncologist and IORT Breast Cancer Specialist at Epic Care. Dr. Uhl is the current President of the TARGIT Collaborative Group (TCG), a cooperative effort between radiation oncologists, cancer surgeons, physicists and other experts in intraoperative radiotherapy that share a common commitment to improving cancer patient care through education, patient advocacy, mentorship, and collaborative research. Dr. Uhl is an Assistant Adjunct Professor at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine and has received many honors over the years from the American Cancer Society for her decades of dedication to our patients and cancer research, including her most recent independent research and publications on breast IORT (see resources below).
Dr. Lisa Bailey has been in practice In the East Bay since 1982 and specializes In the care of patients with breast cancer and other breast health Issues at Epic Care.
Dr. Bailey is past president and member of the Board of Directors of the California Division of the American Cancer Society and currently chairs their Breast Cancer Taskforce. She is a member of the Commission of Cancer of the American College of Surgeons, and also a Governor of the American College of Surgeons.
She is a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons, and a member of the Alameda-Contra Costa Medical Association, the east bay Surgical Society, San Francisco Surgical Society, the American Society of Breast Surgeons, American Society of Breast Diseases, and the Society of Surgical Oncology.