Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer
Treating Breast Cancer with TrueBeam
At our Gilbert Office, Arizona Breast Cancer Specialists is proud to be the first center in the Southwest to offer patients the TrueBeam STx, an advanced radiosurgery system from Varian Medical Systems. It was engineered from its inception to perform noninvasive, image-guided procedures with pinpoint accuracy and precision. It works by choreographing highly sophisticated imaging, treatment delivery and motion management technologies making it possible to deliver treatments more quickly while compensating for tumor motion. This opens the door to new possibilities for the treatment of challenging cancers throughout the body including those in the breast.
How does radiosurgery with TrueBeam work?
Radiosurgery is an effective treatment for many different types of cancer including breast cancer. It uses sophisticated technology to deliver very precise and accurate beams of radiation to a breast tumor while minimizing exposure to nearby healthy tissue.
Our physicians may prescribe treatment with TrueBeam STx for many reasons. It can deliver treatments up to 50 percent faster with a dose delivery rate of up to 2400 monitor units per minute, double the maximum output of earlier, industry-leading systems. This makes it possible to offer greater patient comfort by shortening treatments and to improve precision by leaving less time for tumor motion during dose delivery.
The treatment beam is generated by a machine called a medical linear accelerator. This machine shapes beams of energy with varying intensities generated by the machine. The treatment beam can be aimed at a tumor from multiple angles to hit the target in a complete three-dimensional manner. In fact, TrueBeam STx's treatment beam can be delivered with submillimeter accuracy and varying intensity. The idea is to deliver the lowest dose possible to the surrounding healthy tissue, while still delivering the maximum dose to the tumor.
If you are being treated at the Gilbert ABCS Office, be sure to ask your physician if TrueBeam STx is right for you.