Precise Radiation for Colorectal Cancer
Colorectal cancer will affect approximately 5% of Americans, men and women alike. Found early, there is a 90% chance for a cure. Treating it typically requires surgery, followed by radiation therapy to destroy any remaining cancer cells. However, older radiation delivery methods can expose nearby, healthy tissue to damage.
Cutting-edge therapies, such as Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) and Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) enable physicians to deliver higher doses of precisely focused radiation to cancerous tumors while sparing nearby healthy tissue. This is particularly significant as treatment for colorectal cancer since damage to surrounding tissue can cause extremely unpleasant side effects, primarily related to bowel and bladder function.