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ISSN: 2155-9619

Journal of Nuclear Medicine & Radiation Therapy
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Can Helical Tomotherapy be used as a Safe Treatment Alternative for Breast Cancer Patients?

Julian Jacob, Francois Campana, Ciprian Chira, Dominique Peurien, Caroline Daveau, Nathalie Fournier-Bidoz, Alain Fourquet and Youlia M Kirova*

Department of Radiation Oncology, Institut Curie, Paris, France

*Corresponding Author:
Dr. Youlia M.kirova
Department of Radiation Oncology
Institut Curie, 26, Rue d‘Ulm, 75005 Paris, France
Tel: 331 44 32 41 93
Fax: 331 44 32 46 16
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: April 24, 2012; Accepted date: May 22, 2012; Published date: May 25, 2012

Citation: Jacob J, Campana F, Chira C, Peurien D, Daveau C, et al. (2012) Can Helical Tomotherapy be used as a Safe Treatment Alternative for Breast Cancer Patients? J Nucl Med Radiat Ther S6:002. doi:10.4172/2155-9619.S6-002

Copyright: © 2012 Jacob J, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Radiation therapy (RT) has demonstrated strong clinical benefits for patients who present a high relapse risk after breast conserving surgery or radical mastectomy. Unfortunately, the benefits of RT can be offset by its possible impacts on cardiac toxicity and increased risk of death from cardiac events. Additionally, recent radiological and radiotherapy techniques have allowed clinicians to better define target volumes and customize irradiation so that doses to the heart and left coronary artery can be accurately quantified. Alternative treatment positions, such as the lateral and prone positions are also being used. These positions can adapt to the patient’s anatomy and thus better protect the heart and lungs. This paper will report the outcomes for a patient who received breast cancer treatment after her treatment position and technique were optimized for ideal target volume coverage and minimum irradiation to organs at risk (OAR), particularly to the heart and lungs.


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