If you have any of these symptoms, see your primary care physician as soon as you can.
Once diagnosed with breast cancer, radiation treatment may be recommended to destroy lingering cancer cells after breast cancer surgery (lumpectomy or mastectomy). Radiation therapy is not a “one size fits all” strategy.
When treating patients, Dr. Butler-Xu says, “personalized and comprehensive treatment is our standard. All cancers are unique, just as all individuals are unique so the best treatments have to be individualized to each patient. We tailor radiation treatments to each patient’s personal goals while providing technologically advanced standard of care treatments right here in Hutchinson.”
We Embrace New Technology
We have recently added new technology to further protect organs at risk, especially for breast cancer patients. With Deep Inspiration Breathhold via VisionRT, when a patient takes a deep breath, the breast/chest wall moves outward and the heart moves back to allow us to better block the heart. The system is connected to the radiation treatment machine so if the patient sneezes or coughs and the radiation target moves out of a predetermined threshold, then the machine automatically turns off.
Our Promise to You
At Chalmers Cancer Treatment Center, we are committed to providing the best high-quality care that includes using the latest and most effective treatments. All radiation treatments are very personalized. Using a 24-slice CT simulator, we design a precise treatment plan by creating a three-dimensional model of the patient, tumor and surrounding normal structures. The targets as well as the normal organs/tissues are delineated on the CT so that we can deliver the needed dose to the targets but also protect the important normal structures. There are a variety of ways to make the treatments as effective and safe as possible including shaping the beams and modulating the dose if needed.
What to Expect During Your First Consultation
Your first consultation is focused on YOU. Dr. Butler-Xu will sit down with you and your family to review the specifics of your cancer diagnosis and treatment plan, while answering any questions you may have. “Personalized medicine is my passion—and I want my patients to know that I am here for them, every step of the way. I strive to deliver the best quality radiation treatments right here in Hutchinson.”