What is Prone Radiation for Breast Cancer?

What is Prone Radiation for Breast Cancer?

58528446 - cancer cells, 3d rendering, street signsYesterday I wrote about a novel approach to whole breast radiation called Intraoperative Radiation Therapy where the Radiation Oncologist is literally in the operating room during the initial lumpectomy & administers radiation to the tumor bed immediately following the removal of that tumor.

Today I read about another alternative to standard whole breast radiation called Prone Radiation.  During prone radiation treatments, instead of lying on your back, you lie on your stomach.  When you are in this position, gravity pulls your breast tissue away from your chest wall.  The result is radiation that not only avoids the heart & lungs but is also more evenly distributed.  It also reduces skin irritations, rashes & burns often caused by radiation.  And it makes more women candidates for a 4 week protocol over the standard 6 week protocol.

When is prone radiation recommended?

Prone radiation is not for everyone…  the best candidates are women who are large-breasted or heavier and/or those diagnosed with pre-invasive or invasive disease & who do not need treatment of the lymph nodes.  As always, check with your doctor to see if this is an the right option for you…

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(sources:  W9USA.com, Sibley On Health (Spring, 2011) & Sibley Hospital)

 



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