Radiation therapy is the use of high-energy radiation to shrink tumors and kill cancer cells. The radiation is delivered by a machine outside the body or by putting radioactive material near cancer cells inside the body.
Advanced Treatment Options
Radiation comes from a machine (external radiation therapy) or an implant (internal radiation therapy). Patients typically receive external radiation therapy five days a week for several weeks. Many patients do not need to stay at the hospital when they receive external radiation. Some patients receive both kinds of radiation therapy.
Atrium offers cancer treatment options found at the nation’s leading hospitals. These include:
Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) - Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) gives radiation oncologists the power to "sculpt" the edges of a tumor with precision, sparing the neighboring healthy tissue.
Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) - Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) complements IMRT. It involves taking a CT scan of the affected area just before delivering the radiation. The resulting three-dimensional images allow the radiation oncologist to make tiny, yet significant, adjustments to the radiation beam entrance in order to target the therapy. This spares healthy surrounding tissues and organs.
High Dose Rate (HDR) Brachytherapy - High Dose Rate (HDR) Brachytherapy is another highly powerful technique. In HDR Brachytherapy, a small applicator is surgically placed inside or near the tumor. Radioactive pellets are inserted to precisely target the location of the tumor.
MammoSite® Partial Breast Treatment - MammoSite® Partial Breast Treatment is a breast cancer therapy process that occurs over a few days. After your surgeon removes the tumor, a MammoSite® Partial Breast Treatment balloon attached to a thin catheter (a thin flexible tube) is placed at the tumor site. Radiation is then administered through the catheter directly into the inflated balloon.
Prostate Seed Implantation - Prostate Seed Implantation uses tiny radioactive pellets, or seeds, placed in or near the prostate cancer tumor.
Our Elekta Synergy Linear Accelerator - Our Elekta Synergy Linear Accelerator is a cutting-edge system that allows us to deliver the strongest radiation dose possible without harsh side effects. External beam therapy is used to aim highly focused beams of radiation to the site where cancer is found. This destroys any abnormal cells and prevents the growth or regrowth of the tumor.
A Comforting Environment
Radiation therapy is located on the first floor of The Compton Center. With years of experience and a wide range of knowledge, our Radiation Oncology team creates a warm, inviting atmosphere that helps our patients feel comfortable while undergoing treatments.
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Content Updated: December 3, 2014