Prone breast treatments deliver radiation to breast cancer patients while lying on their stomach instead of their back, the position for standard treatments. Prone treatment for breast cancer has several potential advantages:
- Tissue Sparing: In the prone position, gravity pulls breast tissue away from the body, which may result in less radiation dose to the heart, lungs and other healthy tissue
- Tumor Targeting: Because of the prone positioning, radiation doses are more evenly delivered
- More Gentle to the Skin: Prone treatment may help reduce skin toxicity and result in fewer skin-related side effects
The extent of the breast cancer and position of the heart and lungs in relation to the treatment field may make prone treatments unsuitable for some patients. Our physicians review each case to determine the right treatment and customize a plan to deliver targeted doses.
For more information, speak with your physician or call the Trumbull Radiation Oncology Center at 203-337-8700.