NYOH offers new option for breast cancer patients
As the first in the nation to offer IDENTIFY™ integrated radiation technology, NYOH is providing a new option for women with cancer in the left breast.
Dr. Tia Olds, radiation oncologist, talks with Newschannel 13's Benita Zahn about how the new technology works. A computer screen allows patients to manage their own breathing -- and through a process called "deep inspiration breath hold" they create more space in the chest, allowing the radiation beam to target the tumor with submillimeter accuracy -- while avoiding the heart. This helps reduce side effects and long-term damage to the organ.
On WAMC Northeast Public Radio's Medical Monday program, Dr. Olds also discusses how IDENTIFY™ is being used to treat breast cancer patients. She also takes listeners' questions about a variety of cancers and treatment options.