Bile Duct Cancer TomoTherapy®
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TomoTherapy® Treatment for Bile Duct Cancer
Conventional radiation therapy can be very damaging to the bile ducts, affecting nearby healthy tissues of the liver and gall bladder.
Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) offers TomoTherapy® Highly Integrated Adaptive Radiotherapy (HI-ART), which targets tumors in the bile ducts with high doses of radiation and spares surrounding healthy tissues.
TomoTherapy combines an advanced form of intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), with the accuracy of CT scanning technology, all in one machine.
With this advanced technology, our radiation doctors can sculpt powerful and precise radiation beams to treat hard-to-reach tumors. Using built-in CT scanning to confirm the shape and position of the tumor before each treatment, TomoTherapy reduces radiation exposure to healthy tissue in the liver and nearby organs.
TomoTherapy treatment offers several advantages for bile duct cancer patients:
- Before every TomoTherapy treatment, advanced scanning technology provides a 3D image of the bile duct, so the radiation beams can be targeted according to the size, shape and location of the tumor(s) on that day.
- During treatment, we can adjust the intensity and direction of the radiation beams in real time. The revolutionary “slice therapy” approach treats tumors one layer at a time.
- After treatment, side effects, like gastrointestinal issues, are minimized because less radiation reaches healthy tissues and organs.
Many bile duct cancer patients who have reached their maximum tolerance dose of traditional radiation may be a candidate for TomoTherapy treatment.
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