Hold Your Breath to Protect Your Heart

7
Jan

Dr. Pramila Rani Anne

Dr. Pramila Rani Anne

A recent article in the Practical Radiation Oncology was highlighted in Eureka Alerts. The research, performed by members of the Department of Radiation Oncology and the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center of Thomas Jefferson University, indicated the importance of breathing control during radiation therapy for left breast cancer in protecting the heart from radiation exposure. Harriet Eldredge-Hindy, first author of the article, explained “We wanted to determine how effective breath-hold could be in shielding the heart from extraneous radiation exposure during treatment of the left breast.” Dr. Pramila Rani Annne, senior author of the article, remarked “Given that this technique helps to shield the heart during radiation treatment for breast cancer, we routinely offer breast cancer treatment with the breath hold technique at Jefferson.”