Thanks to a pioneering, new innovation (unique throughout north Germany) called surface-guided radiation therapy (SGRT), Strahlenzentrum Hamburg no longer needs to make any markings on patients’ skin.
Patient are positioned – without any markings and radiation exposure – to submillimetre accuracy
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women and diagnosed about 70,000 times a year in Germany. Most patients require complementary radiotherapy after breast-conserving surgery in order to significantly minimise the risk of recurrence and ensure the cancer is fully cured.
At the planning phase, markings are applied with felt-tip pens to patients’ torsos to ensure that they are in the same position for all treatment sessions. Depending on the spread of the tumour, a course of radiation lasts 3 to 6 weeks. During this period, women are asked not to shower in the normal way, or do any sport, so that these markings aren’t rubbed off. In English-speaking countries, this is even done by adding permanent tattoos.
Which is why many patients don’t like these markings on their skin and looking in the mirror is also a daily reminder of the disease and therapy.
We’ve now switched to radiation with no markings (primarily for breast cancer) so that radiotherapy, which is not invasive anyway, is not something you perceive as hugely stressful.
As a result, despite undergoing therapy, you can take a bath to cool yourself down in summer. Your torso is virtually scanned and monitored during treatment with a pure and harmless light source. Some 20,000 fine light points digitally analyse the surface of your body before and during radiotherapy with 3D cameras at submillimetre accuracy. The result is greater effectiveness, safety and comfort for you as a patient.
We’re delighted to be able to offer you this innovative technology as of immediate effect.