Types of Radiation Therapy
Articles about the various types of radiation therapy, including IMRT, stereotactic radiosurgery, brachytherapy, and photodynamic therapy.
All About Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
A look at intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), how it works, what it is used for and the benefits of this modern radiation technology.
Stereotactic Radiation (SBRT / Radiosurgery / SRS)
Stereotactic radiation, also called stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR) or stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), is a form of radiation therapy. Many different angles are used to focus the radiation beams at one small point, like a magnifying glass. These beams combine to deliver high doses of radiation to a very specific area.
Brachytherapy: The Basics
Brachytherapy is a type of radiation therapy that is given inside the body. Radioactive material is put into the body, as close as possible to the cancer, allowing those cells to receive the most radiation, while exposing healthy cells to less radiation.
Brachytherapy for Breast Cancer
Brachytherapy is a type of radiation therapy that can be used to treat some cases of breast cancer. This includes accelerated partial-breast radiation (APBI) and Mammosite.
Brachytherapy for Prostate Cancer
Brachytherapy is a type of internal radiation most often used for prostate cancer that is confined to the prostate gland or the area immediately around it. It may be used in combination with traditional (external beam) radiation.
Brachytherapy for Lung Cancer
Brachytherapy is internal radiation treatment that can be used to treat some cases of lung cancer.
Brachytherapy for Gynecologic Cancers
Brachytherapy, or internal radiation, can be used in the treatment of some types of gynecologic cancers.
Introduction to Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)
An overview of photodynamic therapy (PDT), a cancer treatment that works by exposing light sensitized cancer cells to special lights to kill cancer cells.
Total Skin Electron Beam Therapy
Total Skin Electron Beam Therapy (TSEB) is a radiation treatment that treats the patient’s entire skin surface. It is used to treat Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma and/or Mycosis Fungoides, a type of lymphoma that affects the skin.
Fractionation and Radiation
Fractionation is the way your radiation therapy dose is divided up into many small doses called fractions.
Total Body Irradiation (TBI)
Total body irradiation is a type of radiation therapy that is used to treat the whole body with radiation. It is used prior to a patient receiving a stem cell or bone marrow transplant.
Palliative Radiation Treatment
Palliative radiation is the use of radiation to treat a specific area, and in some cases to reduce side effects such as pain and bleeding. Palliative radiation is done to improve the quality of life of the patient.