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Due to its potential to significantly reduce dose to heart and lung, prone breast treatment is becoming an important option in the battle against breast cancer. Growing evidence suggests that, for many women, it may have considerable advantages over the supine position.
Placing the patient in the prone position helps increase separation of the breast from critical organs at risk. This means that exposure to the heart, lung and surrounding healthy tissue may be minimized, while providing the potential for more uniform dose delivery, less skin toxicity, and reduced respiratory motion due to patient position.