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    Stay Informed About Your Cancer Treatment Experience With These Resources

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Becoming an informed patient can help you come to terms with your cancer diagnosis. During your consultation, ask your radiation oncologist all of your questions and do research to learn more about the treatment procedure. Schedule your consultation today by calling the Denver-based Colorado TomoTherapy HD at (303) 926-9800. We offer cutting-edge technology to provide the best possible cancer care. In the meantime, learn more about cancer and treatment options with the following links.

    Learn more about the TomoTherapy process with this link to Accuray. This article discusses the planning stage and patient positioning.

    The American Cancer Society explains how radiation therapy works to kill cancerous cells that are dividing.

    If you’re undergoing radiation therapy, you probably have a lot of questions about the procedure. Get the answers to frequently asked questions at the National Cancer Institute.

    The Mayo Clinic offers a comprehensive guide to breast cancer, including the diagnostic methods and treatment options.

    Caring for your physical health during cancer treatment is important, but it’s also crucial to care for your emotional health. Susan G. Komen for the Cure discusses building a network of support during your treatment.

     

     

    Tips for Preparing for Your Radiation Treatment

    Last updated 1 year ago

    A diagnosis of breast cancer can be difficult to come to terms with, but there are many treatment options available. Radiation therapy is painless and non-invasive; it also precisely targets the tumor so that surrounding tissues are spared. If you choose TomoTherapy for breast cancer treatment, your treatment sessions can be as short as 20 minutes, and they can be completed on an outpatient basis. Here are some tips to prepare for your radiation treatment:

    At Your Consultation

    The consultation with a radiation oncologist and the rest of your care team is the first step in radiation therapy. You can expect a comprehensive physical exam and a complete review of your medical history. During this consultation, discuss the treatment options with your care team and learn about the procedure. Ask the oncologist any questions you might have, such as what you can expect at your first treatment session and which side effects to watch out for afterward. You’ll likely receive instructions on preparing for the treatment sessions, and it’s important to follow these directions exactly.

    At Your First Radiation Treatment

    Get ready for your appointment by wearing soft, comfortable clothing. Avoid wearing tight or restrictive clothing, especially around the treatment site. Avoid applying any lotions, creams, powders, or any other skin care products to the treatment area, and avoid wearing jewelry.

    After Radiation Treatment

    To protect your skin and reduce side effects, wear shirts with high necklines when going outdoors to prevent sunlight exposure on the treatment area. Avoid scratching the area and do not apply cold or heat packs. Talk to your radiation oncologist about whether you can safely use a razor on your underarms. If your skin does become itchy or irritated, ask your care team about safe ointment products to use. However, avoid using these products prior to your next radiation therapy session.

    If you have any questions or concerns about your radiation therapy, the oncologists of Colorado TomoTherapy HD are here to help. Our Denver practice prides itself on unparalleled patient care and advanced radiation technology, such as the TomoTherapy system for breast cancer. Please call us today at (303) 926-9800 to learn more.

    Terms Every TomoTherapy Patient Should Know

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Radiation oncologists often recommend TomoTherapy to treat a range of different cancers. This radiation therapy system is especially ideal for patients with complicated cancers or large tumors as it provides greater precision and accuracy. Talk to your radiation oncologist today about whether TomoTherapy is right for you. Here are some of the terms you should be familiar with:

    Collimator: This is a device that provides more accurate control of the radiation beam during the treatment. It can alter the intensity and shape of the beam to conform to the tumor’s dimensions. This minimizes the radiation that the surrounding tissues and organs are exposed to.

    CTrue: For each radiation treatment session, your radiation oncologists will take a CT scan with TomoTherapy’s CTrue technology. This frequent imaging increases the accuracy of the treatment.

    Fractionation: You can expect to have a series of radiation treatments, spread out over days or weeks. This lets your body recover between treatments. The division of your total radiation dose over different sessions is called fractionation.

    Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT): IGRT refers to the use of imaging scans to direct the beam of radiation. TomoTherapy uses CT scans.

    Optimized Treatment Planning: Based on the radiation oncologist’s evaluation of the imaging scans and other information, he or she will decide how much radiation the patient will need. The intensity of the beam, the beam pattern, and its position are also determined during the planning stage.

    Radiotherapy (RT): Commonly called “radiation therapy,” radiotherapy is a treatment method that uses ionizing radiation, directed at the cancerous cells. The radiation damages the DNA of these cells to the point at which they cannot repair themselves.

    Colorado TomoTherapy HD encourages cancer patients to familiarize themselves with every aspect of the treatment plan. Please call us if you have any questions about your cancer care treatment. Contact our Denver practice at (303) 926-9800 or visit our website to learn more about radiation therapy.

    The Benefits of TomoTherapy for Radiation Oncologists

    Last updated 1 year ago

    TomoTherapy is a revolutionary cancer treatment technique that allows for non-invasive, painless treatment sessions. This system is ideal for treating a wide range of cancers, including cancers of the breast, brain, and spinal cord. It allows radiation oncologists to develop comprehensive and highly accurate treatment plans. They are also able to more accurately and effectively target the radiation dose directly at the tumor in order to minimize radiation to the surrounding areas.

    For more information on how TomoTherapy can help you, watch this video. You’ll learn why the daily CT imaging scans are so beneficial, and how TomoTherapy can treat complicated and large treatment areas better than other systems.

    Colorado TomoTherapy HD is a leader in TomoTherapy radiation treatments. Schedule an appointment with a radiation oncologist in Denver today by calling (303) 926-9800.

    Stay Informed About Your Cancer Treatment Experience With These Resources

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Becoming an informed patient can help you come to terms with your cancer diagnosis. During your consultation, ask your radiation oncologist all of your questions and do research to learn more about the treatment procedure. Schedule your consultation today by calling the Denver-based Colorado TomoTherapy HD at (303) 926-9800. We offer cutting-edge technology to provide the best possible cancer care. In the meantime, learn more about cancer and treatment options with the following links.

    Medline Plus provides an overview of breast cancer, including the common types, risk factors, symptoms, and treatment options.

    Get some helpful tips on managing the potential side effects of radiation treatment with this article by BreastCancer.org.

    Prepare for your first radiation therapy session with advice from the Mayo Clinic. This article includes a discussion of which specialists will be on your cancer care team.

    WebMD offers a list of the possible symptoms of breast cancer to watch out for, such as changes in the skin.

    Are you weighing your breast cancer treatment options? The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provides an overview for your consideration.

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