Radiation Oncology Services

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Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)

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.

What can I expect during my IMRT session?

What are the benefits of IMRT?

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.

Who provides this treatment at UPMC CancerCenter?

IMRT is available at many UPMC CancerCenter radiation oncology network locations.