UMich study tests computer-enhanced radiation for breast cancer patients

Michigan Medicine, in a recent collaboration with other medical centers, conducted a study to test whether computer-enhanced radiotherapy reduces skin irritation and pain in breast cancer patients and improves treatment efficacy.

The treatment is called planned inverse, intensity-modulated radiotherapy. It was found to reduce these side effects more effectively than three-dimensional conformal radiotherapy (3D CRT), which is commonly used to treat many types of cancer, including breast cancer.

3D CRT treats cancer by sending radiation from multiple angles with the intent of protecting healthy tissue while attacking tumors, or aligning with a tumor, according to the University of Alabama School of Medicine. The Michigan Consortium for Quality Radiation Oncology, the organization that initiated the study, reports that the use of reverse-planned IMRT instead of 3D CRT significantly reduces the acute toxicity of breast radiotherapy.

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