At 2019 Susan G. Komen annual Patient Navigation Conference, Dr. Lily Tang, Associate Professor at Yale, CEO of Liyfe Clinic, gave talk about “Sparing your heart from radiation — Deep Inspiration Breath Hold (DIBH) for left-sided breast cancer radiation therapy”. This presentation received a lot of positive feedbacks.
About 50% of patients with left-sided breast cancer will need whole breast Radiation Therapy. This means that heart is nearby and might get irradiated as well. Radiation induced cardiac disease is a proved clinical fact.
Deep Inspiration Breath Hold (DIBH) is state-of-the-art technology to treat breast tissue while sparing the heart. Dr. Lily Tang is the first leading scientist who discovered this use case. She published paper at 2013, since then cancer centers in United States started to adopt this novel solution. Today, it has already become the standard treatment option in majority of the big cancer centers, and prevented tens of thousands of patients from radiation induced cardiac disease.