Image-Guided Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy
At Rahway Regional Cancer Center, we believe that personalized care should be delivered in the best, most advanced ways possible. And with a disease as aggressive as cancer, it is our top priority to do whatever is necessary to give our patients the best possible outcome. That’s why Dr. Eric Karp and his team utilize image-guided intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IG-IMRT) as part of our patients’ customized care plans. Here’s a breakdown of the IG-IMRT cancer treatment and what you can expect from it.
Radiation therapy is one of the most commonly used forms of cancer treatment, as it enables high-energy beams to damage cancer cells and reduce their ability to multiply. This allows the body to eliminate these cells after the radiation rays are delivered to the tumor.
That’s where IG-IMRT comes into play. It’s a form of targeted radiation therapy that pinpoints the exact destination of radiation for improved accuracy. This is done with frequent imaging through x-rays, computed tomography (CT) scans, ultrasound, 3-D body surface mapping, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The advanced procedure also allows Dr. Eric Karp to adjust the radiation dose’s intensity to keep healthy tissues safe while targeting the cancer cells more directly.
Types of Cancer IG-IMRT Treats
IG-IMRT is ideal for treating cancers in organs that are regularly in motion. For instance, as the lungs are always breathing and moving, IG-IMRT is a viable treatment option for lung cancer. Other cancers the treatment can be effective for include:
- Head and/or neck
- Certain pediatric cancers
What to Expect
Before beginning IG-IMRT, patients undergo reference imaging during a process known as simulation, which is the use of radiographic equipment in the planning of radiation therapy. This is all typically done a week before your first IG-IMRT session. And in some cases, your doctor may use a special (immobilization) device.
During your IG-IMRT cancer treatment, real-time images will be taken and compared to those procured during stimulation to guide your radiation team in making adjustments to either your position on the table or the setup of the beams. We may also utilize colored ink on your skin to assist in positioning the beam properly. This allows the most direct impact on your cancer cells or tumor while avoiding damage to healthy cells and tissues. And in some cases, your doctors may use a special device to keep you in the exact same position for every following treatment.
Choose Us for IG-IMRT
Depending on the stage and location of your cancer, IG-IMRT cancer treatment may be used alone or in conjunction with other procedures like hormone therapy. Dr. Eric Karp and the team of experts at Rahway Regional Cancer Center will determine the best course of action for your situation and customize a care plan that puts you in the best position for the ultimate success. For more information about IG-IMRT and how Dr. Eric Karp has brought hope to thousands of patients, call 732-382-5550 today.