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Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) gives radiation therapists the ability to "sculpt" the edges of a tumor, minimizing the damage to adjacent healthy tissue.
Tumors are irregularly shaped, but conventional radiation treatments deliver radiation in straight lines. This means that, while the whole tumor is treated, any healthy tissue close to the tumor may get treated as well. IMRT technology allows the radiation oncologist to deliver radiation to a tumor with more precision and accuracy, resulting in the potential for fewer side effects and higher cure rates.
Standard radiation therapy affects both cancerous and normal surrounding tissue, causing side effects such as severe diarrhea, abdominal pain, and mouth and throat ulcers.
With IMRT technology, patients experience significantly lower treatment-related side effects. IMRT also offers the potential for higher cure rates.
IMRT is available at many network locations.