Hitting the target: Comprehensive cancer care experts shed light on high-tech prostate cancer radiation treatments
IMRT is the most widely used radiation therapy for prostate cancer. It provides highly sophisticated radiotherapy utilizing computer-controlled x-ray linear accelerators to deliver radiation doses with high precision. IMRT is also used in combination with IGRT which localizes the treatment tumor site daily before treatment for pinpoint accuracy and effectiveness.
"Typically, a combination of several intensity-modulated fields coming from different beam directions produce a custom tailored radiation dose that maximizes tumor dose while also protecting adjacent normal tissues," said Won Chang, MD, radiation oncologist at Comprehensive Cancer Care.
This external radiation therapy treatment is performed on an outpatient basis and provides excellent survival rates equivalent to radical surgery for prostate cancer patients. It is a non-invasive and painless treatment that helps maintain a patientís high quality of life during the treatment process. "It is an excellent way of delivering high doses of radiation while limiting the radiation dose to surrounding areas. The treatment combination of IMRT and IGRT is quickly becoming the standard of care for treating prostate cancer," said Gregory Ochsner, MD, radiation oncologist at Comprehensive Cancer Care.
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