Radiation therapists at Lifehouse have developed a low-cost, effective technique that can protect the heart during radiation treatment for breast cancer patients.
The patient simply holds his or her breath as the radiation is being delivered. As the breath is held, the diaphragm drops and the heart shifts away from the breast and the treatment zone.
Specialists from around Australia are visiting Lifehouse to observe the technique so they can take it back to smaller and rural centres, removing the need for their patients to travel long distances to major cities.
Many major hospitals have state of the art equipment which monitors the position of the heart. Chris O’Brien Lifehouse is installing new linear accelerators at the cost of more than $6 million dollars that include this technology.
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