Compared to other forms of radiation therapy, the side effects of modulated-radiation therapy (IMRT) can be reduced due to the accuracy of the treatment. One of the ways IMRT reduces side effects is by limiting radiation exposure to specific areas of normal tissue that are especially sensitive to radiation, compared to other radiation treatments.
Conversely, in some ways, patients experience more adverse side effects of modulated-radiation therapy compared to some radiation therapy treatments. IMRT uses more beams of radiation, exposing more normal tissue to radiation due to “leakage radiation” than other radiation therapies with fewer beams. For this reason, IMRT may cause a higher risk of developing a second form of cancer caused by radiation.
While these side effects must be considered, research and clinical trials on intensity-modulated radiation therapy continue to study the effectiveness of the treatment. Contact Florida Hospital to find out more about this treatment and the clinical trials testing the therapy’s safety.