LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - More than 12 percent of women and less than one percent of men will develop breast cancer during the course of their lifetime, according to breast cancer dot org.
But new technology at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital is helping protect vital organs when treating this type of cancer.
“It’s a device used for verification of treatment for patients,” said Medical Director of Women’s Oncology Dr. James Maze. “Primarily breast cancer patients, it tracks the surface anatomy so we can verify the position and treatment for each patient for treatment that day.”
Align RT detects differences in breathing and movement during treatment to ensure radiation is stopped until the patient is positioned correctly.
“It allows us to be more accurate,” Maze said.
This machine helps protect other areas of the body such as the heart from being affected during treatment.
“Its proven to reduce the profusion defects in about 30% of the breast cancer patients,” Maze explains.
Maze says this type of technology can help patients from having to travel to bigger cities to receive this level of treatment.