Cancer Treatment Centers of America

TomoTherapy® for lung cancer

TomoTherapy for lung cancer

Radiation therapy can be very damaging to the lungs—it can make your breathing worse than it was before treatment by affecting nearby healthy tissues.

After TomoTherapy lung cancer treatment, side effects, like difficulty breathing and heart damage, may be limited because less radiation reaches healthy tissues and organs.

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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