FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Agreement signed with Sordina IORT Technologies USA, Inc.
JUPITER, Fla. (April 11, 2014) – Jupiter Medical Center announced today that it has finalized negotiations with Sordina IORT Technologies USA, Inc. (SIT USA), to move forward with the Board approval process to purchase a Liac 12 Mobile Electron Beam IntraOperative Radiation Therapy (e-IORT) Linear Accelerator.
Intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT) is the delivery of a single fraction of radiation to a tumor or tumor bed during surgery using a linear accelerator or high-dose rate brachytherapy unit. IORT provides specialized treatment for cancer patients, especially women with breast cancer, allowing physicians to deliver a single dose of radiation to patients during their surgery. By delivering radiation at the time the cancerous tissue is removed, one treatment is administered – equivalent of six-weeks of post-operative radiation therapy.
“Women facing a breast cancer diagnosis can rest assured that Jupiter Medical Center’s Kristin Hoke Breast Health Program is continually bringing world-class treatment options to our community,” said John A.P. Rimmer, MD, Medical Director, Kristin Hoke Breast Health Program. “By providing this new technology, women will be able to receive their treatment in a single dose, during surgery – allowing them to return to their families and loved ones, and back to their daily living activities, as soon as possible, without compromising quality.”
Benefits of IORT for breast cancer patients include lessened treatment time, reduced radiation exposure, and a faster return to a normal quality of life. IORT allows radiation and surgical oncologists visually see the exact area they need to radiate and immediately deliver a therapeutic dose to the affected area, sparing surrounding healthy tissue.
Jupiter Medical Center plans to implement IORT breast radiation therapy into its world-class Comprehensive Breast Program, which was the first program in Palm Beach and Martin Counties to receive the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers designation. The Program was recently reaccredited for another three-year term.
About Jupiter Medical Center
A not-for-profit 283-bed regional medical center consisting of 163 private acute care hospital beds and 120 long-term care, sub-acute rehabilitation and Hospice beds, Jupiter Medical Center provides a broad range of services with specialty concentrations in oncology, imaging, orthopedics & spine, digestive health, emergency services, lung & thoracic, women’s health, weight management and men’s health. Founded in 1979, the Medical Center has approximately 1,500 team members, 575 physicians and 640 volunteers. For more information on Jupiter Medical Center, please call (561) 263-2234 or visit www.jupitermed.com.
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