Breast Cancer

What is breast cancer?

Breast cancer is the abnormal growth of the cells of the breast. These cells grow and develop into a cancerous growth that can have the potential to spread to other parts of the body.

Breast cancer is most common in females, although men can also develop the disease. In Australia, the overall five year survival rate for breast cancer in females is 90%.

Treatment options

Your breast cancer treatment options will depend on the stage of your cancer, and your own needs. It may consist of chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery.

Deep Inspiration Breath Hold (DIBH)

Icon offer an innovative technique for left-sided breast cancer patients called Deep Inspiration Breath Hold (DIBH). DIBH reduces the potential impact of radiation on the heart. The process involves holding a certain number of breaths for short bursts during treatment which allows the heart to move backwards into the chest while the breast is exposed to radiation.

Read more about Deep Inspiration Breath Hold

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