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Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) precisely maps and targets tumors with better tumor control and fewer side effects than other forms of radiation. In one study, IMRT increased the success rate of tumor reduction from 43% to 96%, and reduced complications from 10% to 2%.

Brown, Erika. Cancer in the Crosshairs: Radiation oncologists are taking better aim at tumors with new software and super-precise radiation machines. Forbes. 27-Oct-2002. http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2002/1028/361.html

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