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Radiation Therapy

Radiation Therapy in Tuscaloosa

Our Radiation Oncology Department at the Manderson Cancer Center is well-equipped with the most advanced treatment technology available. Our facility is designed to deliver patient comfort while patients receive state-of-the-art treatment. Our goal is to deliver accurate, precise radiation therapy to kill cancer cells, shrink tumors, and minimize any damage to surrounding healthy tissues.

More than half of cancer patients are prescribed radiation therapy as part of their customized treatment plan, and it is used to treat just about every type of cancer, and even some noncancerous tumors. While it may be the only treatment for cancer, it is usually used in combination with other treatments, such as chemotherapy or surgery.

What Is Radiation Therapy?

Radiation therapy uses high-energy beams aimed precisely at a point on your body where your cancer is found. The goal of radiation treatments is to damage cancer cells while avoiding damage to surrounding healthy cells. Most patients require five treatments per week for about 4 to 6 weeks.

Radiation Therapy Treatment Types

  • Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy: IMRT is an advanced radiation therapy system that delivers greater amounts of radiation doses specifically to a cancerous tumor while limiting the amount of radiation to the surrounding healthy tissue.
  • Linear Accelerator: The Trilogy and the Clinac iX linear accelerators (LINAC) will provide precise and powerful cancer treatment. A LINAC delivers a dose of high-energy X-ray to a tumor. The accelerators enable the treatment staff to use the latest technologies to give higher doses of radiation delivered with precision to kill tumor cells while significantly reducing doses to normal tissues adjacent to the tumor.
  • Axxent® Electronic Brachytherapy: Uses a miniaturized X-ray source that can deliver localized and targeted radiation treatment. The electronic brachytherapy system delivers breast cancer treatment more easily and conveniently than traditional radiation therapy or previous forms of brachytherapy.
  • Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT): This major advancement in radiation therapy treats tumors in the body with the exception of the brain. A high dose of radiation therapy is directed precisely on a patient's tumor, and healthy tissue is avoided. Patients must meet specific clinical guidelines to have this treatment.
  • Stereotactic Radiation Surgery (SRS): SRS is a type of external radiation therapy that precisely gives a single large dose of radiation to a tumor. It is used to treat brain tumors and other brain disorders that cannot be treated by regular surgery.
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