Radiation therapy is the use of high-energy radiation to shrink tumors and kill cancer cells. A machine outside the body may provide the radiation, or radioactive material put near cancer cells inside the body may provide it.
Radiation Therapy Options
TomoTherapy® System is an effective treatment for head and neck cancer, prostate cancer, brain tumors and many other types of cancer. The TomoTherapy® system is housed within the Radiation Oncology Department at Miami Valley Hospital. Before a patient receives TomoTherapy®, specialists capture a detailed three-dimensional image of the area being treated. The physician then uses special software to “paint” on the image, identifying specific regions to receive radiation, and those areas to remain untouched. With this system, we can provide Stereotactic Radiosurgery and Stereotactic Body radiation therapy. This advanced technique allows our physicians to treat patients with high doses of radiation, administered with precision in a shorter number of days.
Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) uses low-dose radiation beams from many angles that converge on the tumor for a full dose of treatment.
Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) hones in on bony structures and implanted markers to target the area to be treated. This added accuracy allows the physician to treat the smallest volume possible in an effort to spare normal tissues that do not need to be radiated.
Brachytherapy, or internal radiation, is commonly used for lung cancer and gynecologic cancer. This technique is also being used to place a radiation source directly into the breast.
With our High Dose Brachytherapy (HDR) system, a radiation source, such as iridium, is implanted at the tumor site for a short period of time and then removed. Often done as a convenient outpatient procedure, this can effectively treat the tumor site and help to preserve the health of other normal tissues.
Contura® and Mammosite® treatments are sophisticated breast cancer therapies that can be administered in just a few days. After the tumor is removed, the surgeon then places the Contura® or Mammosite® balloon directly within the tumor cavity. The surgeon also attaches a catheter, which is used to transfer the iridium source into the balloon.
We also offer Total Body Irradiation, a radiotherapy technique used to treat a body undergoing some type of transplant. This therapy requires the most sophisticated quality controls and physics support. Within the Miami Valley region, only our facilities have the necessary experience to perform this potentially lifesaving therapy.
Total Skin Electron Beam is used to treat Mycosis Fungoides or cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL). This highly-specialized technology is available at only a few cancer centers in the United States. We are the only local facility to offer all of the latest methods of administering radiation therapy for skin cancers, including such skin applicators as the Leipzig, Valencia and Freiburg Flap.
Pinpoint Accuracy with the TrueBeam Linear Accelerator
We offer patients various advanced radiation treatment options. The TrueBeam Linear Accelerator at our Comprehensive Cancer Center delivers powerful cancer treatments with pinpoint accuracy. Such measured precision means higher doses of radiation can be delivered in a much shorter period of time. Some patients will be treated in as few as one to five sessions. TrueBeam is the first of its kind in the Dayton area.
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Preparing for Radiation Therapy
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Content Updated: December 5, 2014