Intraoperative radiotherapy for prostate tumours
Application of radiotherapy during the surgery for better control of prostate cancer
Intraoperative radiotherapy is used in some locally advanced prostate tumours or in salvage surgery when the tumour has recurred in the pelvic nodes.
Taking advantage of general anaesthesia and direct visualisation during surgery, after removal of the tumour and through the incisions of robotic laparoscopy, we introduce a tube through which we deliver prostate radiotherapy exactly where the cancer was.
In this way, in a single intervention, we manage to increase the chances of controlling the tumour, avoiding the patient having to undergo multiple sessions of radiotherapy in the future.
At the Clinic we were the first in the world to describe and perform this intraoperative radiotherapy approach, combined with robotic surgery, in a case of prostate cancer that had recurred in the pelvic nodes, achieving complete remission of the tumour.
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Curative doses of radiotherapy during the surgery in order to remove the prostate tumour
Intraoperative radiotherapy is applied to tumours that cannot be completely resected, to excised tumours in which microscopic remnants may remain, or to tumours that are more likely to recur.
The radiation exposure time does not exceed two minutes, as the accelerator allows for a very high and homogeneous dose in a very specific area and in a single session.
Intraoperative radiotherapy allows for greater precision, speed and safety, enabling exact doses to be administered in a very rapid manner and in a very short time.
THE PERFECT COMBINATION
Intraoperative radiotherapy and robotic surgery
The combination of minimally invasive surgery (with incisions of no more than one centimetre) by robot, complemented by the application of radiotherapy during the intervention itself, reduces the risk of a new relapse and avoids the patient having to receive future radiotherapy sessions.