Spinal Cancer Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
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Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) for Spinal Cancer
Depending on the type and grade of the tumor and other factors, some spinal cancer patients at CTCA receive intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). A type of external beam radiation therapy (EBRT), IMRT allows us to deliver higher radiation doses to spinal tumors, while minimizing side effects.
With IMRT, our radiation oncologists first use imaging technology to locate tumors in the spine. Then, we use a linear accelerator (a special X-ray machine that moves around the body) to direct pencil-thin radiation beams to the spinal tumor, at varying angles and intensity levels.
Because of its accuracy, this type of spinal cancer treatment allows us to reduce damage to healthy bone and tissue and minimize side effects. As a result, Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy is particularly useful when treating tumors that are close to critical structures.
Advantages of Spinal Cancer IMRT
- IMRT uses an advanced computer program to plan a precise dose of radiation based on the spinal tumor’s size, shape and location.
- IMRT allows our doctors to deliver higher doses of radiation from any angle, and shape radiation beams to match the contour of the spinal tumor.
- By adjusting the intensity of the radiation beams across the treatment area with laser accuracy, IMRT helps to spare healthy tissues and reduce side effects.
Helping You Maintain Your Quality of Life
Your CTCA care team anticipates and proactively manages the potential side effects of radiation therapy for spinal cancer. Before, during and after your spinal cancer treatment, you’ll receive supportive therapies designed to keep you strong and nutritionally fortified, reduce the side effects of radiation, and promote your overall well-being.
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