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Thanks to new equipment at Baylor Medical Center at Irving, patients now have additional options for fighting cancer. “As our cancer program continues to mature, we want to offer a broader scope of practices. These advanced technologies allow us to do that,” says Ed Clifford, M.D., a surgeon on the medical staff at Baylor Medical Center at Irving and medical director of Baylor Irving’s oncology program.
The new equipment includes:
Which helps doctors deliver radiation more accurately. Traditionally, pretreatment X-rays were taken on film and processed in a different room, which could take up to 10 minutes. “In that time, the patient might shift slightly, reducing the treatment’s accuracy,” says Anand Shivnani, M.D., a radiation oncologist on the medical staff at Baylor Medical Center at Irving.With IGRT, doctors can see images at the bedside, reducing margins and decreasing side effects. And, IGRT uses a cone-beam CT scan, which provides 3-D images.
A complementary technology to IGRT, which delivers a very high dose of radiation in one to five treatments to fight certain small tumors.
PET-CT scans, are now available five days a week at Baylor Irving, with a machine in the radiology department replacing a mobile scanner. PET scans help diagnose and track a tumor’s response to cancer treatment.
Early detection can often help find cancer when it’s most treatable. Get the recommended screening tests and up your odds of beating cancer if it’s found.  Depending on your age and health history, your doctor may check for signs of thyroid, oral cavity, skin, lymph nodes, testicular or ovarian cancer during your regular physical.
Talk to your doctor about when and how often you should have these additional screening tests:
Mammogram and clinical breast exam
Pap smear (for cervical cancer)
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