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Panama City, Fla. -

Advancements in radiation oncology are leading to treatments that are easier to tolerate and have better results for patients.

Radiation Oncologist Dr. Jeff Trupp from Bay Regional Cancer Center says Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy allows doctors to target the cancer cells more effectively while avoiding critical structures that don't need the radiation.

"Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy provides the ability to shape the radiation, to deliver the dose accurately to the cancer and spare the dose to the surrounding tissue.  By doing that, we can give higher doses, which results in higher cure rates," Dr. Trupp explains.

The treatment plan is designed using 3-dimensional computer models.  Technology called Rapid Arc allows the radiation to be delivered in two to four minutes compared to 20 to 30.

Dr. Trupp says, "Instead of having the beam come in from 9 different directions, the machine moves in an arc...Rapid Arc...and is constantly delivering the treatment while it's moving."

Doctors also utilize image guided radiation therapy to view the cancer each day before treatment, which also allows for more accurate treatment.

"These advancements in technology are great, but finding the cancer at an earlier stage makes the biggest difference," according to Dr. Trupp.

He says cancer screenings, such as mammograms and colonoscopies, are crucial to finding those cancers early.