This information will help you prepare for radiation therapy to your breast or chest wall, including what to expect before, during, and after your treatment. You will also learn about side effects and how to care for yourself during your treatment. Read through this resource before you start radiation therapy.
During the initial simulation process, you can expect your appointment to take approximately an hour and a half. You will meet with the radiation therapists who work closely with the radiation oncologist. Using CT imaging, along with aids such as skin tattoos, photographs and immobilization devices, our team of professionals will gather all the necessary information to ensure that your position is reproducible for treatments on a daily basis.
The following are the steps generally followed when a patient is preparing for radiation therapy. These may differ slightly depending on the protocol at your treatment facility or if your treatment is being done on an urgent basis, but many of the steps are the same across treatment facilities. Whenever radiation therapy is being considered as part of your treatment plan, a consultation visit will be arranged for you with a radiation oncologist, a physician specially trained in using radiation therapy for treating your type of cancer.
Radiation therapy is the use of high-energy rays or particles to treat disease. It works by killing tumor cells or inhibiting their growth and division. Through years of clinical trials, radiation oncologists have studied the use of radiation therapy to treat breast cancer.
Careful planning is necessary before your radiation treatment can begin. The planning ensures that you get the full benefit of radiation with minimal impact on other parts of your body. During the planning session, a radiation oncologist maps out the breast area that needs treatment.
Radiation therapy to the breast can cause some side effects. Some begin during treatment. Others may occur months or even years later.
However, these newer techniques feature more highly modulated dose distributions that may be affected by respiration. The purpose of this work was to conduct a simple study of the clinical impact of respiratory motion on breast radiotherapy dose distributions for the three treatment planning techniques. The ultimate goal was to determine which patients would benefit most from the use of motion management.
The radiation used for cancer treatment comes from special machines or from radioactive substances. Radiation affects all cells. Healthy cells are able to repair themselves through normal cell function. Unhealthy cells, such as cancer cells, are not able to repair after radiation.
External beam therapy EBT is a method for delivering high-energy x-ray or electron beams to a patient's tumor. Beams are usually generated by a linear accelerator and targeted to destroy cancer cells while sparing surrounding normal tissues. EBT also may be used to relieve symptoms in patients with advanced cancer or cancer that has metastasized.