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Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)

Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)

Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) is one of several advanced treatment options used to battle cancer. Lancaster General Health is the first hospital in the county to offer this state-of-the-art radiation treatment. We use IMRT to treat:

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

Precise radiation targets tumors

Delivered via a linear accelerator or via TomoTherapy® Hi•Art® technology, IMRT uses very precise external radiation, which can be broken down into tiny, pencil-thin beams with millimeter accuracy. This enables our team of doctors, radiation physicists and dosimetrists to conform a high dose of radiation to the specific tumor size and shape, while protecting healthy tissue.

What to expect

The first step is an evaluation and development of a complex, computer-generated treatment plan that addresses the location and size of the tumor as well as the surrounding organs and tissue. Then, patients undergo multiple treatment sessions—as many as five treatments a week for about seven to eight weeks.

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