Esophageal Cancer Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
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Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) for Esophageal Cancer
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At Cancer Treatment Centers of America, we use intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) to treat difficult-to-reach tumors in the esophagus. IMRT allows your radiation oncologist to target cancer with greater precision than conventional radiation therapy.
As an esophageal cancer treatment, IMRT allows our radiation oncologists to deliver high doses of radiation directly on the tumor, while minimizing the destruction of healthy surrounding tissue.
IMRT uses three-dimensional planning to target esophageal cancer from any angle. Because it conforms to the shape of the tumor, we can target cancer cells in the esophagus with different levels of radiation simultaneously.
There are several ways IMRT differs from conventional radiation therapy:
- Employs powerful, advanced software to plan a precise dose of radiation, based on tumor size, shape and location.
- Delivers radiation in sculpted doses that match the exact 3D geometrical shape of the tumor, including concave and complex shapes.
- Adjusts the intensity of radiation beams across the treatment area as needed with laser accuracy.
Because of its precision, IMRT may be an option even if you have reached the maximum allowable dose of conventional radiation therapy.
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