Mercy Takes Leadership Role in Use of Medical Technology, Offering IORT for Breast Cancer Patients and New National Institute of Robotic Surgery at Mercy

Mercy continues to explore the latest modalities for treating disease, as hospital known for women's health care announces new National Institute for Robotic Surgery, and is also first medical center in Maryland to provide breast cancer patients with Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT).

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Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) June 21, 2013

Dr. Dwight Im, Director of Mercy’s Center for Gynecologic Oncology, has formed the new National Institute of Robotic Surgery at Mercy Medical Center at 345 St. Paul Place in downtown Baltimore City (http://www.mdmercy.com) .

Dr. Im was one of the first six surgeons in the United States--and the first in the state of Maryland--to perform a robotic Single Site Hysterectomy, utilizing one small incision through a woman’s navel. He has been the busiest Gynecology/Gynecologic Oncologist robotic surgeon in the nation for the past three years, performing thousands of surgeries.

In July 2009, the first da Vinci Surgical Robotic System became operational at Mercy. In June 2011, Mercy acquired a second da Vinci unit with dual console that allows two surgeons to view the same 3-D image of surgery, which is ideal for training. During this period Dr. Im has provided robotic surgical training to physicians who traveled to Mercy from across the country and the world to learn advanced gynecologic oncology surgical techniques using the da Vinci Robot.

Some of the benefits of robotic surgery include pinpoint accuracy, the potential for faster healing, less blood loss and scarring, and reduced need for wound management after the surgery. With recent media attention given to robotic surgery, patients are seeking physicians and centers with the most experience and highest rates of positive patient outcomes.

Mercy is also known for its work in the field of breast cancer treatment; The Hoffberger Breast Center at Mercy is the first hospital in Maryland to offer Intraoperative Radiotherapy (IORT), a new single treatment that replaces 30 traditional radiation treatments for breast cancer. Mercy is one of only 35 sites in the United States to offer this treatment option.

IORT, or Intraoperative Radiotherapy, is a new single dose radiation treatment and is a clinically validated option for select breast cancer. IORT takes the place of external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) delivered at the time of a lumpectomy.

Patients would typically follow a lumpectomy with daily treatments of whole-breast radiation for up to 6 weeks. IORT treatment delivers a targeted dose of radiation to a specific area in one instance instead of multiple doses to the entire breast over time reducing potential side effects.

Appropriately selected women over the age of 40, with negative lymph nodes and have smaller tumors not yet reaching the lymph nodes, are better candidates for IORT treatment. Radiation oncologists provide IORT treatment at the time of the first surgery only. IORT is an alternative to standard breast radiation therapy, for many breast cancer patients, commonly given in larger doses over approximately six weeks.

At the time of the lumpectomy, radiation oncologists deliver a one-time dose of radiation treatment to prevent a local recurrence of cancer in the immediate vicinity of removed tumor. Treatment takes approximately 25 to 35 minutes. The goal is to kill any microscopic cancer cells that are in the area where the tumor had existed.

Drs. Neil B. Friedman, Gauri C. Bedi and Jennifer Joh of The Hoffberger Breast Center and Dr. Maria Jacobs of Radiation Oncology at Mercy, introduce Intraoperative Radiotherapy (IORT) as a new alternative treatment for women with breast cancer.

Mercy’s new National Institute of Robotic Surgery offers surgical procedures performed by physician experts in multiple specialties and sub-specialties, including Urology, General Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Gynecology and Gynecologic Oncology at Mercy.

Mercy offers an integrated cancer management strategy involving surgery and chemotherapy in addition to radiation therapy. Mercy Medical Center, recognized by US News & World Report as one of the top hospitals in Maryland, is a 139-year-old, university affiliated medical facility. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center has been named one of the top 100 hospitals in the U.S. with a national reputation for women’s health care.


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