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Left sided breast cancer patients are at a heightened risk when receiving radiation treatment as there is limited protection for the heart during treatment. In some cases, radiation treatment can be extremely harmful to these patients. DIBH radiotherapy treatment is delivered to patients while they are holding a deep breath as this moves a patient’s breast away from their heart. The patient’s breathing is carefully controlled by specialist equipment, and as a result, radiation doses to the patient’s heart are vastly reduced. This has long-term benefits to the patient and reduces the rate of morbidity and mortality. This new therapy was enabled through a multidisciplinary effort in CUH’s radiotherapy oncology department.
Mr Tony McNamara, Chief Executive Officer of CUH said: “We at Cork University Hospital are very proud to announce the launch of our new DIBH radiation therapy service. I’d like to thank the staff of the radiation therapy department for their efforts in bringing this cutting-edge treatment to the patients of CUH. I’d also like to thank Aid Cancer Treatment for sponsoring the equipment used during treatment.”
CUH patients with left sided breast cancer will now be able to avail of this safer radiation treatment without having to travel to Waterford or Dublin.