A Linear Accelerator used to deliver radiation to cancer patients

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For Danielle Carro, the diagnosis of breast cancer after a routine mammogram came as a shock. After the shock, came surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.

Danielle received radiation here at the Commonwealth Health Cancer Center from a state-of-the-art Linear Accelerator.

Danielle Carro/Breast Cancer Survivor: “It was terrifying but the girls made the whole process more bearable, the people are so nice, it’s weird to say, but i enjoyed seeing them everyday.”

Everyday, five days a week for almost six weeks…

Better radiation technology and techniques as simple as holding your breath for :20 seconds at a time during treatment are being used to deliver the radiation more accurately, faster and safer.

Dr. David Horvick/Radiation Oncologist: “Traditionally, the treatment only took a couple minutes but our ability to deliver the treatment is three to seven times faster using the breath hold for twenty seconds.”

The machine uses 3-D optical imaging - almost like facial recognition - to ensure the radiation is working on the breast tissue and not damaging underlying tissue especially around the heart.

The Breath Hold technique is not necessary for every breast cancer patient, depending on the location of the original tumor.

The Commonwealth Health Cancer Center uses the linear accelerator to treat approximately 20 to 25 patients each day.

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