Astro brochure helps patients to understand types of radiation therapy

The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) has recently updated its popular patient brochure, Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer.

Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer is a four-color brochure that helps women understand the types of radiation therapy they may be offered, including newer treatments like three-dimensional radiation therapy (3DCRT), intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and breast brachytherapy. The brochure also explains possible side effects, how to get more information on clinical trials and support groups, and offers tips for caring for yourself during treatment. said Gregory Patton, M.D., chair of ASTRO's Communications Committee and a radiation oncologist at Northwest Cancer Specialists, P.C., in Portland, Ore said, The diagnosis of breast cancer can be overwhelming. Recognizing this, ASTRO created its brochures to educate patients on the lifesaving benefits of radiation therapy. We continue to update our brochures on a regular basis, so that patients can have the most upto- date information when making treatment decisions.