Traditionally, radiotherapy treatments for breast cancer have been administered in an upright position, with the patient lying on their back. Now with Pivotal™ treatment, patients can be treated facedown, substantially limiting the dose of radiation reaching the heart, lungs and skin.
By positioning the patient face-down, tumors are allowed to move away from the chest wall, thereby achieving greater separation between the breast and critical organs such as the heart and lungs at the time of treatment. Pivotal™ presents a different and powerful option for treatment of breast cancer in Puerto Rico.
In a recent study from the New York University School of Medicine, it was found that the prone position (face-down) turned out to be optimal when decreasing the dose received by the lungs in practically all cases of cancer of the right breast and 85 percent of the cases of cancer of the left breast.
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