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Radiation Therapy

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 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.

Other types of radiation therapy available at MVH include:

  • TomoTherapy® System - TomoTherapy® 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 MVH. Before a patient receives Tomotherapy®, a detailed three-dimensional image is taken 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.  It can improve our chances of curing cancers while decreasing the risk of causing complications for the patient.
  • 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. Brachytherapy can be performed in combination with external beam therapy. While the radiation source puts a high dose at the tumor, the external beam destroys cancer cells that surround the tumor.
  • 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 by your surgeon, the Contura® or Mammosite® balloon is placed directly within the tumor cavity. A catheter is attached and used to transfer the iridium source into the balloon. Treatment is delivered typically in five days. Once complete, the balloon is easily removed. This allows for the radiation to be focused on the area most at risk for tumor recurrence and can spare a woman many weeks of treatment and allow the radiation oncologist to minimize the exposure of adjacent heart and lung to radiation.
  • We also offer Total Body Irradiation, a radiotherapy technique used to treat 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 expertise 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.

Learn about what to expect with radiation therapy.