The TrueBeam system delivers radiation at a faster dose rate than traditional technologies. For patients, this means shorter and more convenient treatment times. In general, treatment times can be cut in half, with most taking under a half-hour.
Precision Beam Shaping and Targeting
The precision of the TrueBeam system is measured in millimeters. Because of this, nearby vital organs and healthy tissue surrounding the tumor are able to be better protected through highly conformal dose distribution and beam shaping.
TrueBeam makes it possible for the RMCC radiation oncologists to tailor your treatment plan using a variety of methods, such as respiratory gating, real-time tracking, imaging, and more.
The TrueBeam system produces 3-D CT images that ensure appropriate daily targeting of the tumor and adjustment for changes in anatomy.
Patients can feel less stress due to the quiet operation and shorter treatment time of the TrueBeam system.
With a reduction in daily and overall treatment time, many patients can return to normal activities more quickly than usual.
Combination Treatments With TrueBeam
Radiation therapy remains an important component of cancer treatment. However, there are times when TrueBeam may be used in combination with other effective cancer treatments.
Depending on the type of cancer, some patients may receive radiotherapy instead of surgery, while others receive it before or after surgery. Delivering radiotherapy after surgery is done to eradicate any cancer cells that might remain in the area.
TrueBeam radiotherapy may also be used in combination with chemotherapy. This combination of radiation therapy and chemotherapy drugs is often referred to as chemoradiation or chemoradiotherapy. Chemoradiation may be given in different ways and at different times. You may receive it concurrently (radiation and chemo together) or you may receive it sequentially (one treatment after the other). Depending on your type of cancer, you may receive it as your main treatment, before surgery (called neoadjuvant treatment), or after surgery (adjuvant treatment).
Although chemoradiotherapy is not recommended for all types of cancer, patients with certain types of cancer may benefit from this treatment approach. Another promising combination is radiotherapy and immunotherapy.
Who Is Eligible For TrueBeam Radiation Therapy?
The radiation oncologists at Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers will help you understand your specific type of cancer and determine whether you could benefit from this type of radiotherapy approach. The radiation oncologist goes into more detail on how radiation therapy will be delivered for you.
To find out if you are a candidate for TrueBeam radiotherapy, request an appointment with one of our cancer specialists in Colorado including Boulder, Denver, Colorado Springs, and throughout the Front Range.