Women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer increasingly choose breast conservation therapy (BCT). With this option, the cancerous tumor is surgically removed in a process known as a lumpectomy. To minimize the chances of the cancer returning, physicians recommend a course of follow-up treatment which includes radiotherapy with or without chemotherapy and/or hormonal therapy.
Radiation therapy is used to effectively sterilize any residual cancerous or pre-cancerous microscopic tissue that may exist in the vicinity of the tumor. There are many radiation techniques that can be used. AccuBoost allows your radiation oncologist to deliver a conformal, uniform radiation field to the target tissue. AccuBoost is a non-invasive, real time image guided breast brachytherapy technique. It allows radiation to be aimed parallel to the chest wall using a high dose rate (HDR) applicator that minimizes exposure to vital organs such as your heart and lungs. It also lowers the skin dose, skin complications, is less toxic and results in better cosmetic outcomes.
AccuBoost is an image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) technique which scientifically targets the radiation dose to the intended site. The real-time image guided procedure uses radiographic equipment to image and target the tissue that needs to be irradiated. AccuBoost allows the radiation oncologists to target the dose precisely to where it needs to go while it minimizes the side effects of radiation.
We are excited to announce that AccuBoost is coming to the Willmar Regional Cancer Center and we will be the only Cancer Center in Minnesota that offers this type of treatment. Keep your eye out for its arrival in 2018!
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