tributed evenly and accurately while preventing excessive exposure to major organs. “For these patients, prone breast radiation therapy gives us a great opportunity to maximize treatment to the cancerous cells and minimize treatment and exposure to normal tissue,” says Andre Konski, MD, Medical Director, Radiation Oncology, Abramson Cancer Center at Chester County Hospital.
Depending on the patient, lying face down may also provide the additional benefit of helping them feel more comfortable during their treatment. Some patients may not tolerate one position over the other, so providing both options allows patients to more easily maintain their place while receiving treatment. “One position may be more optimal as far as doses are concerned, but we have the capability of blocking radiation to healthy tissue no matter if they are face down or lying on their back. If the patient is uncomfortable, then that placement may not be the best option for them,” Dr. Siegal comments.
The Abramson Cancer Center at Chester County Hospital has been offering prone breast radiation therapy for just about a year and has received positive feedback. “Patients who are comfortable in the prone position have been pleased with their treatment,” says Dr. Siegal. “It gives us another option of supplying patients with the best possible care without being limited to just one type of treatment,” adds Dr. Konski.
Drs. Andre Konski and Ann Marie Siegal with TrueBeam™, a linear accelerator used to treat cancer patients.