Our radiation oncologists use the most advanced equipment and techniques to deliver radiation to cancerous areas, while avoiding exposure to normal tissues.
Radiation therapy is the single most effective cancer-treating agent, as tumors are rarely resistant to radiation therapy. However, radiation therapy can also damage normal, healthy tissue. With better imaging, faster computers, and improved radiation delivery systems, we’ve improved our ability to localize the dose of radiation to the tumor-bearing area, while sparing normal tissues.
We utilize external radiation (radiation beams aimed from the outside directly at the cancer cells) and internal radiation (tiny pellets that emit radiation implanted in or near the tumor).
Advanced treatment approaches we specialize in and recommend frequently are:
Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) uses advanced radiation-delivery equipment combined with imaging technology to deliver high doses of radiation with pinpoint accuracy. This therapy is most commonly used to treat certain types of lung tumors that cannot be removed safely with surgery, and is also highly effective on tumors in the liver, spine, pancreas, and head and neck.
Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) uses highly focused, highly accurate x-ray beams to deliver a large dose of radiation in a single treatment, made possible by new imaging capabilities that allow precise and accurate setup without the use of an invasive head frame. SRS is used to treat small brain and spinal cord tumors and certain blood vessel abnormalities.
Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) allows doctors to customize the radiation dose by varying the amount of radiation given to different parts of the treatment area. This is done in highly accurate, three-dimensional detail, according to the shape, size, and location of the tumor, and helps minimize radiation exposure to normal surrounding organs.
Brachytherapy delivers high doses of radiation in a short time by inserting a tiny, radioactive source inside the body near the site of the cancer. This technique is most often used for cancers of the uterus, cervix, and prostate.
Our department is also widely recognized for our expertise in:
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