The field of radiotherapy has undergone incredible advancements in recent years, the latest of which culminated in the development of the TrueBeam system. Many of South Florida Radiation Oncology’s patients have questions regarding what this technology means for them, including:
How Is TrueBeam Different from Other Radiotherapy Options?
TrueBeam integrates a variety of cutting-edge technologies to improve upon the design and user experience of previous radiotherapy machines. RapidArc technology combines the latest imaging techniques with radiation doses that vary according to the patient’s breathing, allowing for more comfortable treatments. The radiation doses are also more powerful, thanks to TrueBeam’s incredible accuracy, so each radiotherapy session takes less time to complete.
Am I Eligible for TrueBeam?
At South Florida Radiation Oncology, TrueBeam can be used to treat cancers of the brain, neck, breast, lung, pancreas, and digestive system. It is often a popular choice for tumors in complex areas of the body, as its precise administration of radiation doses from a variety of angles effectively attacks the cancer while preserving the surrounding tissues. A radiation oncologist can discuss your radiotherapy options with you and help you determine whether TrueBeam may be a viable choice.
What Is the TrueBeam Treatment Experience Like?
In general, TrueBeam sessions occur every weekday for at least one month, lasting less than 30 minutes. When you arrive, you will be escorted into the radiotherapy room and helped onto the couch, which is the table that patients lie down on to receive treatment. You may be given a marker block to help the machine track your respiration. Although you will be alone in the room during treatment, you will be able to speak with your clinician at any time should you have any concerns. Once the machine is on, it may rotate around you and make some noise, but you will not be able to see or feel the radiation.