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Learn about Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), a treatment in which radiation beams are shaped to the size and contour of a tumor. With IMRT, the radiation distribution is tightly controlled, avoiding healthy tissue close to the tumor.
Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) for Oral Cancer
Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) is a state-of-the-art radiation delivery system.
IMRT treats difficult-to-reach oropharynx and oral cancer tumors with greater precision than conventional radiation. As a result, our radiation oncologists are able to use higher radiation doses and minimize damage to the surrounding healthy tissue.
There are several ways intensity-modulated radiation therapy differs from conventional radiation therapy:
- Employs a 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 3-D 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 greater degree of accuracy, IMRT may be a treatment option if you have reached the maximum allowable dose of conventional radiation therapy and have a recurrent tumor in the treated area. Your doctor will discuss a range of oral cancer treatment options with you, and recommend a plan based on your cancer type and health history.
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