As a result of greater awareness and the importance of early detection reaching an all time high, breast cancer is being detected in younger women and at an earlier stage resulting in better outcomes and increasing life expectancy. However, with the increased life expectancy come future complications from radiation exposure to the heart.
A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that rates of major coronary events increased with the dose of radiation received by the heart. The increase started within the first 5 years post treatment and continued into the third decade.
Prone Breast Treatment allows patients to receive Radiation Therapy with a lower radiation dose to their heart. By suspending the breast, the tumor is separated from the chest wall allowing it to receive the proper dose of radiation and sparing surrounding tissue and the heart from excess radiation.