Radiation treatment of enlarged parotid glands
Jan 25, 2005
I am an HIV+ male who has facial lipodistrophy which has been addressed by NU-Fill injections. Subsequent to the treatment, the parotid glands on both sides of my face have become enlarged. I have had a cat-scan and gallium scan neither of which indicated cysts in the glands. I have heard, however, that this condition can be treated with "modulated radiation therapy". Do you know anything about this and can you direct me to any location that might be employing this treatment?
Response from Dr. Conway
Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) is an advanced mode of high-precision radiotherapy that utilizes computer-controlled x-ray accelerators to specific areas. The radiation dose is designed to conform to the shape of the target area by controlling the intensity of the radiation beam to focus a higher radiation dose to the area while minimizing radiation exposure of surrounding normal tissues.
Because the ratio of normal tissue dose to affected area dose is reduced, higher and more effective radiation doses can safely be delivered.
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