A woman from Salisbury has become the first patient in the UK with head and neck cancer to receive radiotherapy in the operating theatre during surgery to remove a recurrent tumour.
Jayne Garrett, 53, underwent major surgery at University Hospital Southampton on 25 April after suffering a recurrence of her cancer following conventional treatment in 2015 and 2017.
During the procedure she received a full dose of radiotherapy via Mobetron, the first portable system able to administer the treatment – known as intraoperative electron beam radiotherapy (IOERT) – in this way.
This is an intensive form of targeted radiation given at the time of surgery to treat a wide variety of advanced cancers that are otherwise difficult to remove and treat.
Mobetron is a mini-version of a linear accelerator and can send high energy focused electron beams precisely to areas inside the human body immediately after a cancer has been removed.
IOERT enables surgeons and oncologists to give much higher doses of radiation to areas that are at a high risk of recurrence without causing damage to surrounding healthy tissue and organs.
See full article on University Hospital Southampton website