Scientists at the Fox Chase Cancer Center have discovered an alternative form of radiation therapy that could improve results and reduce side effects for some cancer patients.
The advanced radiation therapy technique is called Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) and could prove crucial in the future treatment of people with extranodal lymphoma of the head and neck.
Traditional radiation therapy can cause damage to the salivary glands, resulting in a dry mouth and difficulties swallowing, eating and speaking, but IMRT has no serious side effects and has a high success rate.
“IMRT is a promising technique that should be used to treat extranodal lymphoma, in addition to chemotherapy,” said a radiation oncologist at Fox Chase, Dr Aruna Turaka, who presented the research at the 2011 Pan Pacific Lymphoma Conference on August 15th 2011.
“Radiation acts as a form of local treatment that prevents loco- regional relapses, and chemotherapy helps to prevent systemic relapses,” she said.
Doctors at Angeles hospital in Tijuana, Mexico understand the serious nature of traditional cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy. These therapies can have devastating side-effects and are only effective for some cancer patients. Therefore doctors on the program at Angeles hospital only recommend treatments such as chemotherapy in select cases. Otherwise is used.
Dr. Ariel Perez introduced the program, called functional oncology, to the Mexican hospital and has seen terrific success in the survival rates of his patients. A combination of nutrition, supplementation and psychological therapies complement specific s such as the use of dendritic cells. For more information please get in touch using the form on the right.