Prone Position for Breast Radiation Spares Heart, Lung, and Skin
Positioning women with early stage breast cancer in the prone (face down) position while undergoing radiation treatments can substantially limit the radiation dose that reaches the heart, lung, and skin.
The heart can be particularly vulnerable to late effects of radiation when the left breast is treated in the supine (face up) position. A customizable positioning device allows the woman to lie comfortably in the prone position for radiation treatment, and the affected breast falls away from the chest wall.
Studies have shown that prone breast irradiation allows less lung and heart radiation dose during treatment delivery, and may possibly improve the short and long-term effects of radiation on the treated skin.
Prone breast radiation may not be suitable for all women. Patients should discuss with their radiation oncologist whether they would be a candidate for treatment in the prone position.
The following physician at the Taussig Cancer Institute specializes in Prone Breast Irradiation.
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