Radiation oncology aims to reduce tumors by creating chemical changes within cancer cells. Because it is highly localized, radiation therapy produces limited side effects and is one of the most precise treatment options available.
No matter what type of radiation therapy may be most appropriate for you, board certified radiation oncologists and a team of physicists, dosimetrists, radiation therapists and nurses will be there with you every step of the way.
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Radiation therapy may be delivered in one of the following forms:
The most common type of radiation therapy, external beam radiation therapy is designed to target a specific part of your body. The treatment machines aim high-powered beams inside the body at cancer cells to prevent them from dividing.
A form of external beam therapy, intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) breaks the radiation into thousands of thin beams to better target the cancer and minimize effects on surrounding tissue.
Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT), one of the most cutting edge innovations in fighting cancer, combines imaging and treatment capabilities on a single machine.
Internal radiation therapy that involves radioactive sources injected or placed inside the body.
Other treatments include:
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