Vis Cancer Med
Volume 4, 2023
|Number of page(s)
|20 December 2023
Original Research Article
Challenges and benefits of implementing DIBH for breast cancer radiotherapy: Experiences from Guangzhou Concord Cancer Center
Guangzhou Concord Cancer Center, No. 9 Ciji Road (Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City), Huangpu District, Guangzhou City, Guangdong 510555, PR China
2 Proton & Heavy Ion Medical Research Center, State Key Laboratory of Radiation Medicine and Protection, School of Radiation Medicine and Protection, Soochow University, Suzhou, Jiangsu 215123, PR China
* Corresponding author: email@example.com
Accepted: 8 November 2023
Radiation therapy is used for breast cancer treatments to improve local control and overall survival but may also lead to unwanted complications such as cardiac toxicity and pneumonitis. Deep inspirational breath hold (DIBH) has been used to reduce doses to the heart and other organs near the treatment target to lower the risk of radiation-induced complications. In this study, we present our experience on the clinical implementation and application of DIBH for breast cancer patients, its dosimetric benefits in heart and other organ sparing based on comparisons with free breathing plans, effects on the treatment efficiency as represented by treatment imaging, and beam delivery times, as well as challenges during implementation and clinical application at our center.
Key words: DIBH / Breast cancer / Heart / LAD / Radiotherapy
© The Authors, published by EDP Sciences, 2023
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