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Dr. Khan of Middlesex Hospital Cancer Center speaks about new techniques offered

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) - September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Joining us today to speak about the techniques offered at Middlesex Hospital is Dr. Anwar Khan, Middlesex Hospital Radiation Oncology Chair.

Middlesex Hospital Cancer Center is now using the SpaceOAR System and the Deep Breath Inspiration Breath-Hold Technique at its locations in Middletown and Westbrook to improve patient outcomes and make radiation treatment safer. 

The SpaceOAR System helps prostate cancer patients. September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and prostate cancer is the No. 1 cancer in men. There are 180,000 new cases in the United States each year. 

The Deep Inspiration Breath-Hold Technique helps patients with breast cancer. Breast cancer is the No. 1 cancer in women, and there are 250,000 new breast cancer cases each year in the United States.

About the SpaceOAR System:

Prostate cancer is cancer than occurs in the prostate, a walnut-shaped gland in men that produces the seminal fluid that nourishes and transports sperm. 

The SpaceOAR System keeps radiation from impacting normal tissue and organs that do not need treatment. It uses an injectable gel, which is naturally eliminated from the body over time, to create a temporary space between the prostate and rectum, giving Middlesex radiation oncologists more room to do their job. This limits the impact of radiation on the gastrointestinal system, allowing prostate cancer patients to receive higher doses of radiation. Treatment is more effective when higher doses are delivered. 

About the Deep Breath Inspiration Breath-Hold Technique:

The Deep Inspiration Breath-Hold Technique helps to keep radiation away from the heart for women with cancer in their left breast. The machine does so by synchronizing a patient’s breathing cycle. When there is a deep breath, the heart and breast tissue are further apart. As a result, radiation oncologists can send a beam of radiation toward the breast tissue without impacting the heart.

 

For More Information Visit, MiddlesexHospital.org


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