Tomotherapy is a specialised radiation machine designed specifically to deliver intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). IMRT allows your doctor to target painless and precise radiation beams onto the diseased tissue, and reduce radiation damage to surrounding healthy tissues.
Before starting tomotherapy treatment, you will undergo a computerised tomography (CT) simulation scan. The scan allows your doctor and medical team to plan the radiation delivery precisely.
Once you start tomotherapy treatment, you will undergo a quick CT scan in the tomotherapy machine before each treatment session. This enables the team to:
Tomotherapy is versatile and can be used to treat all areas of the body. It offers several advantages, such as:
Tomotherapy is used to treat patients with hard-to-reach tumours that are deep in the tissues or near important healthy tissues. In certain situations, it allows the medical team to kill the tumour without removing the organs affected by it.
Cancers that can benefit from tomotherapy include:
Due to the high doses of radiation involved in tomotherapy, it is unsuitable for pregnant women. Radiation therapy can cause miscarriage, birth defects and a higher risk of paediatric cancer.
Also, tomotherapy may not be able to treat some superficial skin cancers.
Tomotherapy is a relatively safe procedure. Nonetheless, many patients may experience temporary side effects such as:
These side effects should wear off gradually as the treatment ends.
Other side effects will depend on the area of your body that is receiving treatment. Your doctor will be able to give you more information relevant to your condition.
At Parkway East Hospital Singapore, you can look forward to receiving medical attention and cancer treatment in a warm and comforting environment. Our friendly staff and specialists will give you the utmost attention and close support during your tomotherapy sessions.