Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy
SOMC radiation oncology has reached a new level of precision with state-of-the-art equipment using Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT).
The treatment is delivered by a sophisticated radiation system that consists of the newest linear accelerators and CT scanners guided in tandem by the latest in computer systems. The SOMC Cancer Center is among the top cancer treatment facilities in the country to offer this cutting edge technology.
Features of IMRT at the SOMC Cancer Center
- Allows physicians and radiation therapists to focus the radiation beam generated by the linear accelerator in such a way that nearly all the energy is released inside the tumor, protecting healthy surrounding tissue.
- The large bore CT scans patients in the exact position that they will lie in for their daily treatments. This increases day-to-day set-up accuracy so that the radiation is directed to the precise location of the tumor at the time of treatment.
Is IMRT used in the treatment of all cancers?
IMRT will be used for the successful treatment of types cancer. In certain situations the benefits are most apparent. For example, patients with prostate cancer benefit from a higher radiation dose to the cancer along with a lower dose to the bladder and rectum. Some researchers also think by lowering the dose to pelvic nerves and blood vessels, IMRT may produce less effect on sexual potency.
Breast cancer is another disease that may be more safely cured with IMRT which allows radiation oncologists to safely treat the cancer while protecting vital organs including the heart and lung.
Many experts also agree that for certain brain tumors and certain cancers of the mouth and throat, IMRT may be the optimal way to deliver radiation.
Through the SOMC Cancer Center, once a patient has been diagnosed, the patient and his or her health professional will discuss treatment choices. SOMC physicians meet every week to review their cancer patients’ options and make recommendations to the managing physician. Surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation may be recommended alone or concurrently, based on the patient’s health and disease stage.
Who do you call if you have questions?
Call the SOMC Cancer Center at (740) 356-7490 or toll free 1-888-722-8787, or e-mail us if you have questions.