Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - BREAST CANCER AWARENESS -

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.

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