Deep inspiration breath hold: Techniques and advantages for cardiac sparing during breast cancer irradiation

Carmen Bergom*, Adam Currey, Nina Desai, An Tai, Jonathan B. Strauss

*Corresponding author for this work

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Historically, heart dose from left-sided breast radiotherapy has been associated with a risk of cardiac injury. Data suggests that there is not a threshold for the deleterious effects from radiation on the heart. Over the past several years, advances in radiation delivery techniques have reduced cardiac morbidity due to treatment. Deep inspiration breath hold (DIBH) is a technique that takes advantage of a more favorable position of the heart during inspiration to minimize heart doses over a course of radiation therapy. In the accompanying review article, we outline several methods used to deliver treatment with DIBH, quantify the benefits of DIBH treatment, discuss considerations for patient selection, and identify challenges associated with DIBH techniques.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number87
JournalFrontiers in Oncology
Issue numberAPR
StatePublished - Apr 4 2018



  • Active breathing control
  • Breast cancer
  • Cardiac irradiation
  • Deep inspiration breath hold
  • Heart
  • Radiation
  • Real-time position management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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