Breast Cancer Patient Discussion Guide

A guide for conversations with your healthcare professional

 

For most patients, everything about radiation therapy is new.  The information on this page provides some key information and questions to ask your healthcare professional, to help you receive the best possible treatment and care. 

 

Please feel free to download this information to take with you to your next doctor’s appointment. Download here.

Questions to Ask your Healthcare Professional

Will I have access to DIBH for my left breast cancer?

Yes, you will have access to DIBH. If DIBH isn’t right for you, we will find other approaches to protect your heart.

Are there any studies of the patient's heart after treatment using your technology?

There is a study with AlignRT® looking at patients’ hearts after treatment, and no radiation damage was seen.3

Has the approach you use been shown to avoid extra X-ray images?

 Yes, studies suggest our system helps us position you better before treatment, which in turn may mean we don’t need as many X-rays to double-check you are in the right position before treatment.

Can I safely avoid having tattoos and / or marks drawn on my body for radiotherapy?

Yes, we use a system which is supported by studies, showing it is at least as accurate as tattoos or marks. If you want, we can skip the tattoos and marks.4 *not all centers with AlignRT® are tattooless

How will my position be monitored during my treatment?

You will be monitored using AlignRT® so you can be confident that the treatment will pause if you move in any direction from the safe position – even by an amount that humans can’t detect.

Will anything touch me during treatment?

With AlignRT® nothing will touch you during treatment. A small screen may be placed in your line of sight to help you breathe in to exactly the right level during treatment.

What technology are the best centers using?

 Around 70% of the US News & World Report “Best 50 Hospitals for Cancer” use AlignRT®.

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There are different left breast cancer radiation therapy approaches. Discuss with your doctor the best treatment approach and how AlignRT® may be good for you.

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1 Darby et al. Risk of Ischemic Heart Disease in Women after Radiotherapy for Breast Cancer. N Engl J Med 2013; 368:987-998 2 Gierga et al. A Voluntary Breath-Hold Treatment Technique for the Left Breast With Unfavorable Cardiac Anatomy Using Surface Imaging. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2012 Dec 1;84(5):e663-8 3 Zagar T, et al. Utility of Deep Inspiration Breath Hold for Left-Sided Breast Radiation Therapy in Preventing Early Cardiac Perfusion Defects: A Prospective Study. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 2017;97(5):903-909. 4 Herron E, et al. Surface guided radiation therapy as a replacement for patient marks in treatment of breast cancer. International Journal of Radiation Oncology • Biology • Physics 2018;102 (3):e492-e493.

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