Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT), which is one of the most cutting-edge innovations in fighting cancer combines imaging and treatment capabilities on a single machine.
Because tumors can move, IGRT allows your doctors to see and track the tumor at the time of treatment, and to make very fine adjustments to your position so as to greatly increase the precision and accuracy of your radiation therapy treatment. Knowing exactly where the tumor is allows clinicians to irradiate only the tumor, sparing the surrounding normal tissue. This accuracy results in higher radiation doses to the tumor and thereby increased likelihood of controlling or eliminating the cancer.
With IGRT, the full radiation dose can be delivered in one session or over a course of several sessions. Most patients can be treated as outpatients, and can return home immediately after the procedure. IGRT is well suited to treating tumors virtually anywhere in the body including those areas that are affected by respiratory motion.
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