Radiation Therapy for Cancer Treatment
Radiation therapy is one of the most common and effective treatments for many types of cancer. It may be recommended as a cure for cancer or to help reduce pain and other symptoms caused by cancer. The goal of radiation therapy for cancer treatment is to reduce or eliminate the tumor and spare as much healthy tissue and organ functioning as possible. Today’s state-of-the-art technology is better than ever at doing just that, while also decreasing side effects and improving cure rates.
Radiation therapy can be used as a stand-alone treatment or in conjunction with surgery, chemotherapy, and other cancer treatments. It is completely noninvasive and available on an outpatient basis.
There are two main types of radiation therapy:
External Beam Radiation Therapy (EBRT)
This type of therapy is applied from outside the body using a highly advanced machine called a linear accelerator.
- 3D Conformal Radiation Therapy
- Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
- Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)
- Stereotactic Radiosurgery and Radiotherapy
Brachytherapy is an internal source of radiation used to destroy cancer cells. It involves inserting a radioactive source, referred to as a “seed,” into or near the cancer tumor. The seeds may be left in place permanently or temporarily.
For more information about radiation therapy at Wooster Community Hospital, call (330) 287-2799.