Radiation has been used to treat cancer for more than 100 years. Millions of patients have undergone radiotherapy, and cure rates have increased steadily.
For some cancers, radiation therapy is the first line of defense and for other types, it is used in support of surgery, chemotherapy, or other treatments.
While the general technique—eliminating tumors with focused energy—is not new, radiation oncologists, medical physicists, and scientists are combining a number of modern technologies for producing significant breakthroughs in radiation therapy. New advancements in imaging and beam shaping have to lead to improved targeting while reducing side effects.
- Access to clinical trials of new treatments
- Advanced radiosurgery with TrueBeam
- Brachytherapy (internal therapy), including microsphere, prostate seed implant, high dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy, low dose rate (LDR) brachytherapy, and intracavity brachytherapy
- Hypofractionated radiation therapy
- Image-guided radiation therapy
- Intraoperative radiation therapy
- Outpatient stereotactic radiosurgery
- Partial breast radiation therapy for early-stage breast cancer
- Prostate cancer treatment
- Stereotactic body radiation therapy