TomoTherapy® is an advanced treatment for cancer that uses radiation to destroy or shrink tumors. It combines the precision of intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) with the real-time accuracy of CT scanning (also known as image-guided radiation therapy, or IGRT).
Before each treatment, a clinician will take 3D CT scans of your cancer. These scans:
Because of its accuracy and ability to shape radiation dose, TomoTherapy® is ideal for tumors that are hard to reach, or next to vital organs. It is often used to treat cancers of the prostate, breast, lung, brain and other structures in the head or neck. In addition, it can treat multiple tumors at one time.
TomoTherapy® also reduces the long-term side effects of “radiation re-treatment,” or reirradiation. This is when radiation therapy is used a second time, to treat cancer that has come back.
All types of radiation therapy kill cancer cells. But TomoTherapy® offers several advantages. These include:
Your Mercy care team will make sure you understand what to expect before, during and after TomoTherapy® treatment. For example:
If you have questions or concerns about TomoTherapy®, don’t hesitate to talk to one of your Mercy caregivers. We will be at your side every step of the way, to help you get rid of your cancer and get back to doing all the things you love.