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TomoTherapy® Treatment for Breast Cancer
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TomoTherapy® Highly Integrated Adaptive Radiotherapy (HI-ART) is an innovative breast cancer radiation therapy option for breast cancer patients at CTCA. The system’s powerful and precise radiation beams can target difficult-to-reach breast tumors, while preserving surrounding healthy breast tissues.
TomoTherapy combines advanced tools for planning and delivering breast cancer radiation therapy in one machine. For example, if the breast tumor has shifted or changed shape since your last treatment, your CTCA radiation oncologist can adjust for the change. This allows your care team to better plan your breast cancer treatment to avoid damage to the muscle tissue, spine, lungs and other sensitive organs.
Advantages of TomoTherapy® Radiation Therapy
- TomoTherapy combines state-of-the-art intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) with an on-board CT scanner that allows for advanced and precise targeting of the radiation beams.
- By contouring the radiation beams to the tumor’s exact shape and position before each breast cancer treatment begins, the TomoTherapy system can minimize damage to healthy surrounding breast tissue.
- While traditional breast cancer radiation therapies project radiation onto a tumor from only a few directions, TomoTherapy delivers precise doses of radiation to breast tumors from a full 360-degrees.
If you have advanced stage or recurrent cancer and are no longer able to receive traditional radiation, this enhanced form of IMRT may be a promising breast cancer treatment option for you.
In addition, many CTCA breast cancer patients were told elsewhere that they had reached their maximum tolerated dose of traditional radiation. Because of its pinpoint accuracy, our radiation oncologists can offer TomoTherapy to re-treat previously radiated areas with high doses of radiation.
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