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Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)

  • What is Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)?

    Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) is an advanced type of radiation therapy that is used to treat cancer and benign tumours. Beams of radiation are controlled to match the shape of the tumour.

    Many small radiation beams of varying intensities are used to treat the tumour accurately. The radiation intensity of each beam is controlled, and the beam shape changes throughout each treatment.

    The aim of IMRT is to reduce the amount of radiation to the healthy tissues and limit the side effects of treatment.

  • There are several advantages to IMRT:

    • Higher cure rates – Higher doses of radiation can be given to destroy the tumour
    • Fewer side effects – Computer images are used to plan and deliver very focused radiation beams, avoiding the surrounding healthy tissue
    • Option of retreatment – If needed, retreatment can be given as the healthy tissue has received less radiation than with conventional radiation therapy
    • Caters to a wider range of patients – Some pateints have tumours that are difficult to reach or are located close to a vital organ, but can still be treated with IMRT
    • Better quality of life – The body will recover better and faster than with conventional radiation therapy
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