Intensity-modulated radiation therapy, or IMRT, is a type of cancer treatment that uses advanced computer programs to calculate and deliver radiation directly to cancer cells from different angles. It allows people with cancer to receive higher, more effective doses of radiation while limiting damage to the healthy tissues and organs around it. This increases your chance for a cure and lessens the likelihood of side effects. Here are answers to some of the common questions Iranian Surgery IMRT experts hear from patients.
IMRT is used at MSK most often to treat prostate cancer, head and neck cancers, lung cancer, brain cancer, gastrointestinal cancers, and breast cancer, in part because these tumors tend to be located close to critical organs and tissues in the body. It may also be used to treat lymphoma, sarcoma, gynecologic cancers, and select pediatric cancers.
First, you will have an imaging test called a CT scan that will map your tumor in 3-D. Then a team of radiation therapy experts, including doctors and physicists, will use advanced computer programs to calculate and deliver radiation directly to the tumor from different angles.
At the beginning of each treatment session, a radiation therapist will position you on a treatment table, placing marks on your skin to guide where he or she will deliver the radiation treatment. Treatment sessions are painless.
Most treatment sessions take between 10 and 30 minutes.
IMRT requires multiple sessions. Typically, you will have IMRT sessions five days a week for several weeks. The total number of treatments depends on a number of factors, including the type of cancer you have and the size and location of the tumor.
IMRT allows the radiation dose to conform more precisely to the three-dimensional shape of the tumor by changing — modulating — the radiation beam into multiple smaller beams. This enables a higher dose of radiation to be delivered to the tumor while sparing healthy tissue around it. To deliver these smaller beams, the machine forms the radiation into varying shapes throughout the course of treatment.
Iranian surgery is an online medical tourism platform where you can find the best doctors and surgeons in Iran. The price of IMRT in Iran can vary according to each individual’s case and will be determined by an in-person assessment with the doctor.
For more information about the cost of IMRT in Iran and to schedule an appointment in advance, you can contact Iranian Surgery consultants via WhatsApp number 0098 901 929 0946. This service is completely free.