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TomoTherapy® treatment

Since 2009, Lancaster General Health has offered patients an innovative treatment called Tomotherapy® Hi-Art® technology. This state-of-the-art radiation therapy delivery system enhances care for patients with:

  •  Prostate cancer
  • Uterine cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Metastatic brain tumors
  • Primary brain tumors
  • Pancreatic tumors
  • Liver tumors
  • Breast cancer
  • Head & neck cancer
  • Lung cancer

Advanced technology offers advantages

The TomoTherapy® system uses computed tomography (CT) scans and special software to precisely locate the tumor targeted for treatment. Advantages include:

  •  Reduced radiation exposure to healthy tissue
  • Fewer side effects
  • Flexibility to treat difficult-to-reach tumors
  • Shorter course of therapy
What to expect

Before beginning treatment, the radiation oncologist reviews the scans and decides how much radiation the tumor should receive, as well as acceptable levels for the surrounding organs and tissue. During treatment, the patient lies on a couch. At each treatment session, the radiation therapist takes a scan to verify the position of the tumor and adjust the patient’s position if necessary. The TomoTherapy® system delivers (IMRT) from a full 360 degrees around the tumor as the couch glides slowly through the center of the treatment ring.

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