Radiation oncology is the science of diagnosing and treating cancer with high-energy doses of radiation. Radiation therapy works by damaging the DNA in the cancer cell, which disables the cancer cells from reproducing and growing. The cancer cells then die and the cancer shrinks. The objective of radiation therapy is to kill enough cancer cells to maximize the probability of a cure and minimize the side effects. Radiation therapy for cancer is used either alone or in combination with other types of cancer treatments with the goal of effectively shrinking or eliminating tumors.
Radiation is usually administered in the form of high-energy beams that deposit the radiation dose in the body where cancer cells are located. Radiation therapy, unlike chemotherapy, is considered a local treatment. This means that cancer cells are only killed at the location in the body where the radiation is delivered, which is called the radiation field. If cancer exists outside the radiation field, those cancer cells are not destroyed by the radiation.
We specialize in the following radiation therapy procedures:
- Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT)
- Sterotactic Radio Surgery (SRS)
- Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
- Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) - using Cone Beam Electron Therapy for daily real time tumor volume localization
- Electron Therapy