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Advancing Greater Precision in Cancer Treatment

This summer, the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center (DF/BWCC) will become the first health system in New England—and one of the first in the United States—to offer a new state-of-the-art radiation therapy for cancer patients, known as MRI-Guided Radiation Therapy (MRI-RT). This new therapy is part of a relentless pursuit to advance cancer care and provide the most innovative treatments for patients.

"Innovations in radiation oncology are constantly occurring. Every so often there's a really transformative change in terms of what we offer patients. The MRI-Guided Radiation Therapy technology that we are bringing to the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center is one of these moments of transformative change," says Daphne Haas-Kogan, MD, Chair of the Radiation Oncology Department at DF/BWCC.

MRI-Guided Radiation Therapy (MRI-RT) is part of a relentless pursuit to advance cancer care and provide the most innovative treatments for patients.

MRI-Guided Radiation Therapy is a high-precision radiation treatment that targets tumors with high doses of radiation while minimizing damage to healthy tissues. MRI-RT offers the greatest benefit for soft-tissue tumors, including breast, gastrointestinal, gynecological, sarcoma, prostate and head and neck tumors—and for tumors that are highly mobile (e.g., lung cancers).

"MRI-Guided Radiation Therapy gives physicians a more precise way to see, track and treat tumors compared to the current standard of care that uses CT imaging or X-ray films to locate and target tumors for radiation treatment," says Raymond H. Mak, MD, a thoracic radiation oncologist in DF/BWCC's Radiation Oncology Department.

This revolutionary technology helps clinicians fine-tune the radiation treatment plan and personalize each treatment in ways they have never been able to do before.

MRI-RT also allows clinicians to adapt daily treatments. "Adaptive treatment plans that are personalized to the real-time location of a patient's tumor and organs can be developed in an hour with the patient in the treatment room instead of taking a week," says Dr. Mak.

This revolutionary technology helps clinicians fine-tune the radiation treatment plan and personalize each treatment in ways they have never been able to do before.

August 2, 2019

For the first time, cancer patients in New England will have a cutting-edge option for radiation treatment, known as MRI-Guided Radiation Therapy (MRI-RT).