Prone Breast Radiation Therapy


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This image shows the breast falling away from the chest and radiation beams encompassing the breast tissue, while completely avoiding the heart and lung.

Radiation therapy is an important component of breast cancer treatment for many women. Because the majority of women diagnosed with breast cancer will be cured, it is critical to minimize the longā€term effects of treatment. Princeton Radiation Oncology offers prone breast radiation therapy, which is a unique approach to treating breast cancer. Prone breast radiation therapy has been found to be especially useful for women with large breasts because the patient is treated lying face down (prone) allowing the breast to fall away from the chest, reducing radiation exposure to the heart and lungs.

It is important to note that the prone position is neither suitable, nor advantageous, for all patients, and there are many factors that must be considered in determining the optimal treatment position. Please call Princeton Radiation Oncology to determine if you are an appropriate candidate for prone breast treatment.