What is QuickStart?
The award-winning QuickStart program was established in 2010 to streamline the breast RT process. It was created through the combined efforts of a multidisciplinary team comprised of radiation oncologists, medical physicists, clinical specialist radiation therapist, dosimetrists and radiation therapists.
QuickStart utilizes a prize-winning automated IMRT treatment planning software, designed by Dr. Thomas Purdie, to decrease the time required to build treatment plans (from hours to minutes). Together, with the clinical expertise of a multidisciplinary radiation team, the QuickStart process expedites CT scans, treatment planning and delivery of the first radiation treatment, all to be completed in one day. QuickStart patients typically receive their first radiation treatment fraction within 24 hours of their initial CT scan, reducing the treatment waiting time by approximately 11 days compared to the conventional process. Thus, QuickStart offers breast cancer patients the same high quality and effective RT treatment without the unnecessary wait-time. It is now a standard treatment option offered to women with early-stage breast cancer at the Princess Margaret.