Undergoing Radiation Therapy with Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)

Cancer diagnosis and continued testing during treatment relies heavily on advanced imaging equipment that can show us most accurately what is happening in the body. When that imaging is combined with the treatment itself that is when the most pinpoint accurate treatment can be delivered to the cancer site. To that end, as a cancer patient, you may have been introduced to the term IMRT – or intensity-modulated radiation therapy. When most people think of radiation therapy, they think of a beam of radiation being pointed at the general area of the cancer – meant to shrink the tumor and kill the cancer cells. Of course, in this process, healthy cells are also impacted.

However, with intensity-modulated radiation therapy, computers guide a precise beam of radiation to the tumor or the specific area where cancer cells exist. Imaging is used to precisely map the location of the tumor or cancer cells, after which a course of treatment is carefully planned according to the calculation of these locations.

IMRT allows for the most effective treatment of tumors. With this pinpoint technology, tumors are shrunk and even eliminated. IMRT also puts a stop to the ongoing growth and division of cancer cells. Best of all, because this radiation is delivered to such a precise location, healthy tissues and organs that surround the area are minimally impacted. This results in fewer side effects and the ability for you to continue with your normal activities.

If radiation therapy is a part of your treatment plan for your cancer diagnosis, IMRT is one of the most effective ways to go in terms of aggressively addressing cancer while reducing the body’s exposure to radiation.

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