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TomoTherapy® for breast cancer

What is TomoTherapy®?

TomoTherapy® combines an advanced form of intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), with the accuracy of computed tomography (CT) scanning technology, all in one machine.

With this advanced technology, we 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 tissues and organs.

How it works

Before every treatment, advanced scanning technology provides a 3D image of the treatment area, so the radiation beams can be targeted according to the size, shape and location of the tumor(s) on that specific 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. Side effects are often minimized because less radiation reaches healthy tissues and organs.

Many cancer patients who have reached their maximum tolerance dose of traditional radiation may be a candidate for TomoTherapy radiation.

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Advantages of TomoTherapy for breast cancer

Some advantages of TomoTherapy for breast cancer include:

  • 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, TomoTherapy may be a promising breast cancer treatment option for you.

In addition, for breast cancer patients who were told elsewhere that they had reached their maximum tolerated dose of traditional radiation, we can offer TomoTherapy to re-treat previously radiated areas with high doses of radiation and with pinpoint accuracy.

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