Patient Stories 2015-10-09 Rosemary's Reduced Treatment Time Main Article Content Breadcrumb navigation All/Patient Stories/Breast Cancer Procedure Reduces Treatment Time Fighting my cancer required a disbelief in "can't." Breakthrough therapy for breast cancer patients. Rosemary West’s determination shines through, whether she’s building her new house, running her successful real estate firm, or fighting breast cancer. That can-do attitude led her to research the best cancer centers for herself. She chose Northwestern Medicine and the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, the first in Chicago to offer Intraoperative Radiation Therapy. This technique can replace multiple radiation sessions with just one strategic dose of radiation during surgery, reducing treatment time and stress even as it helps save lives. Interested in hearing more from Northwestern Medicine? 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