Soft Tissue Sarcoma Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
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Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) for Soft Tissue Sarcoma
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An advanced type of external beam radiation therapy (EBRT), intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) allows radiation oncologists at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) to tailor the shape and intensity of radiation beams to treat difficult-to-reach soft tissue sarcoma tumors.
Depending on the type, location, stage and grade of your soft tissue sarcoma, as well as other factors, some soft tissue sarcoma patients at CTCA receive IMRT.
With intensity modulated radiation therapy for soft tissue sarcoma, our radiation oncologists first use 3D imaging technology to locate your soft tissue sarcoma tumor. Then, we use a linear accelerator (a special X-ray machine that moves around the body) to direct radiation beams to the tumor, at varying angles and intensity levels.
Advantages of IMRT for Soft Tissue Sarcoma
- 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.
- Precise accuracy allows for the maximum dose of treatment directly to the tumor while reducing damage to surrounding healthy tissues, thus minimizing side effects.
Soft tissue sarcoma intensity modulated radiation therapy may be used alongside other treatments, such as surgery and chemotherapy. Your CTCA care team will work with you to determine the best personalized treatment plan based on your individual needs.
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