"I wanted to stay close to home. There was no need to go to M.D. Anderson because I got the same treatment protocol right here."
Radiation therapy is the use of high-energy x-rays that target specific cancer sites. Our advanced technology allows us to precisely aim the radiation at the tumor while avoiding damage to the normal, healthy cells. Radiation may be used to destroy cancer cells, relieve symptoms associated with cancer, and/or prevent the cancer from returning.
Your treatment is custom-tailored and unique to your diagnosis, tumor size, location and involvement. Your radiation oncologist (a doctor who specializes in treating cancer with radiation) will review all available treatment options and recommend a personalized plan for you based on national guidelines, which guide all cancer treatments. Radiation therapy is used either alone or in combination with other treatments such as chemotherapy and surgery.
Radiation can be delivered either from outside the body with a machine called a linear accelerator (external beam radiation) or from a radiation source implanted permanently or temporarily in the body (brachytherapy).
Different types of radiation are used to treat specific types of cancer.
3-D CRT (3 Dimensional Conformal Radiation Therapy)
Uses 3-dimensional images of the tumor in the patient’s body to develop a radiation treatment plan designed specifically for that individual.
Electron Beam Therapy
Targets lesions on or near the skin’s surface, often serving as an alternative to surgery with excellent cosmetic outcomes.
HDR (High Dose Brachytherapy)
Reduces treatment time and toxicity with radioactive sources directly implanted into or around the tumor.
IGRT (Image-Guided Radiation Therapy)
Improves targeting by using high-resolution imaging to track tumor movement before each treatment.
IMRT (Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy)
A form of 3D CRT, IMRT adjusts the intensity of the radiation beam to deliver a sculpted dose of radiation to the tumor while avoiding adjacent, healthy tissue.
PBI (Partial Breast Irradiation)
Allows treatment of select patients with early-stage breast cancer in just five days, resulting in excellent cosmetic results for most patients.
SGRT (Surface Guided Radiation Therapy)
Utilizes technology to position and monitor the patient’s body to ensure correct positioning throughout radiation treatment.
SRS (Stereotactic Radiosurgery)
A revolutionary non-surgical radiation treatment that delivers a potent, highly focused dose of radiation to brain and spine tumors.
Sign up for our patient portal, My Healing Plan, to learn more about the radiation therapy your doctor has prescribed for you.
Utilizing AlignRT® Technology for Radiation Therapy
When receiving radiation therapy, it’s important to ensure the radiation reaches the right place, while avoiding healthy cells and vital organs. Our advanced AlignRT® technology helps protect you during treatment when receiving Surface Guided Radiation Therapy (SGRT).
By tracking your skin surface in real time using 3D camera technology, AlignRT® helps ensure that you are in the intended position, with high accuracy and often fewer bothersome devices, providing comfort and safety. If you move even a millimeter, radiation can be automatically shut off until you are back in the correct position. This can be used across all cancer sites and can eliminate the need for tattoos and skin marks for certain patients.