Breast Cancer Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
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Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer
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If you have previously had breast cancer radiation therapy and are experiencing recurrent tumors in the treated area, intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) may be an appropriate option for you.
An advanced radiation delivery system, IMRT allows CTCA radiation oncologists to precisely tailor the shape and intensity of radiation beams to treat difficult-to-reach breast tumors with new levels of accuracy.
A state-of-the-art external radiation delivery system, IMRT uses advanced computer technology to create a three-dimensional model of a breast tumor, and direct multiple, precisely-focused beams of radiation at the tumor with laser accuracy.
By precisely modulating (controlling) the intensity of the radiation beams to conform to the tumor shape, this technology allows CTCA radiation oncologists to use higher radiation doses than traditional methods would allow in these areas, while also limiting exposure to healthy surrounding breast tissue.
Advantages of Breast Cancer IMRT
- IMRT employs an advanced computer program to precisely map your radiation dosage in three dimensions, based on the breast tumor’s size, shape and location.
- Intensity modulated radiation therapy directs radiation at the breast tumor and modulates the intensity of the radiation beams with laser accuracy, helping to spare healthy tissue surrounding the breast tumor.
- The technology allows each dose of radiation to be custom-tailored according to the exact geometrical shape of the breast tumor.
IMRT breast cancer radiation therapy may be used in conjunction with other treatment modalities. Your CTCA care team will work with you to determine the best treatment plan based on your individual needs.
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