Image guided radiation therapy (IGRT) is one of the most cutting edge innovations
in the treatment of cancer and is available at St. Joseph Hospital Eureka.
Tumors can move because of breathing and other movement in the body. IGRT
allows our doctors to locate and track the tumor at the time of treatment.
With this technology, we can deliver precise radiation treatment to tumors
that shift as a result of breathing and movement of the bladder and bowels.
This allows our radiation oncologists to make critical technical adjustments
when a tumor shifts outside of the planned treatment range. As a result,
the radiation treatment is targeted to the tumor as much as possible,
helping to limit radiation exposure to healthy tissue and reduce common
radiation side effects.