Body Position In Breast Cancer Therapy Matters

Women who get radiation therapy on stomachs rather than backs, show benefits

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Traditionally, breast cancer patients lie on their backs for radiation therapy but a modified approach in which the patient lies on her stomach is proving effective. Doctors at The Ohio State University`s James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute say the change in position can lead to safer outcomes and fewer long term problems with the shape of the breast. Details here: bit.ly/1CGlILJ

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) October 2014 – Doctors are making radiation therapy more effective for breast cancer patients simply by modifying the table a woman lays on, and by turning her onto her stomach during treatment.  Traditionally, women who undergo radiation therapy lie on their backs, and while that approach can be very effective, there’s a slight chance of radiation damage to healthy heart and lung tissue.  It’s also been associated with long-term problems in the shape of the affected breast.

“By turning a woman over onto her stomach we can treat the breast underneath the board and virtually eliminate those concerns,” said Dr. Julia White of The Ohio State University’s James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.  “We’ve developed a modified treatment board that minimizes the exposure of heart and lung tissue and is leading to better outcomes overall,” she said.

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Traditionally, breast cancer patients lie on their backs for radiation therapy but a modified approach in which the patient lies on her stomach is proving effective. Doctors at The Ohio State University`s James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute say the change in position can lead to safer outcomes and fewer long term problems with the shape of the breast. Details here: bit.ly/1CGlILJ

A simple change of position during radiation therapy can have profound effects on breast cancer patients. Doctors at The Ohio State University`s James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute say lying in the prone position reduces the risk of radiation damage to healthy heart and lung tissue. Click here for details: bit.ly/1CGlILJ

Lying in the prone position during radiation therapy can lead to better outcomes for patients, according to doctors at The Ohio State University`s James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. See why it may prove to be safer in some patients by clicking here: bit.ly/1CGlILJ

Dr. Julia White looks at images from a patient`s MRI at The Ohio State University`s James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. White says the majority of women she treats for breast cancer now lie face down during radiation therapy. White says the modified position can lead to more accurate and safer treatments in many patients, and has been shown to help protect the shape of the breast better. See how the approach works here: bit.ly/1CGlILJ

Kim Doran of New Albany, Ohio was able to continue working on her family farm during treatment for breast cancer, thanks in part to a novel approach to radiation therapy. Doran, who has a family history of heart disease, was concerned about possible damage to her heart during radiation therapy, which is traditionally given to women as they lie on their backs. But a novel approach to radiation therapy allowed Doran to be treated while lying on her stomach, protecting her heart and alleviating her concerns. Details: bit.ly/1CGlILJ

Doctors say a slight change of design in a treatment table has major impact in the cancer therapies of some breast cancer patients. At The Ohio State University`s James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute the majority of women who undergo radiation therapy for breast cancer now lie on their stomachs rather than their backs. See the difference that can make here: bit.ly/1CGlILJ

A modified radiation treatment table developed by one doctor at The Ohio State University`s James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute is helping to make breast cancer treatments safer and more effective for some women. Breast cancer patients who lie on their stomachs and allow the affected breast to be treated underneath the table eliminate the risk of damaging healthy heart and lung tissue during radiation therapy. See how the approach works here: bit.ly/1CGlILJ