How Effective is Radiation Cancer Therapy?
Dr. Gregory Echt explains the preciseness of this technology.
Decatur, TX – December 28, 2019 - When it comes to the treatment of cancer, radiation oncology treatment is one of the popularly known – and effective therapies available. Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) incorporates computer-generated imaging to target the specific area where the tumor is, after which intense beams of radiation are directed to the location of the tumor from every angle– in three-dimensional patterns.
“By directing the radiation to the exact tumor location, we are capable of entirely controlling the intensity of radiation introduced to the body, resulting in fewer side effects and complications, as well as increased effectiveness,” says Dr. Echt.
This technology has precisely been a game-changer in the world of cancer care, especially in the treatment of prostate cancer. IMRT is minimal to moderately invasive, thus, an excellent choice for surgery.
Here are some of the advantages of using IMRT in cancer treatment:
• It can control where the radiation is delivered and how much is delivered. IMRT enables us to direct higher doses of radiation to the precise tumor location, so it is most effective.
• It protects healthy tissues and nearby organs from radiation: During the radiation oncology treatment process, this means fewer side effects for patients.
• It is instrumental in treating prostate cancer: A study conducted by MSKCC in New York City showed that early-stage prostate cancer patients who received treatment with IMRT technology had a 92% three-year survival rate.
“The higher doses of radiation target the tumor and cancer cells – and not the surrounding healthy organs and tissues,” Says Dr. Echt. “IMRT can reduce the rate of complications from rectal bleeding from 17% to 3%.”
About North Texas Cancer Center at Wise
North Texas Cancer Center at Wise, a division of Choice Cancer Care, is now operating as the Cancer Center at Wise Regional and is one of the most renowned cancer treatment centers in Texas. The center unites some of the best cancer doctors and surgeons, medical oncologists and radiation oncologists. Our expert team delivers superior cancer treatment in Texas, with the best results available.
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