Radiation oncology at Hahnemann University Hospital can help you to manage both benign (non-cancerous) and malignant (cancerous) lesions with radiation treatment. Besides standard external beam radiation and total body irradiation, Hahnemann’s Department of Radiation Oncology offers:
- Stereotactic radiation: A treatment for brain tumors and other sites with precise delivery of 1-5 treatment of high dose of radiation in a one-day session. Treatment involves the use of focused radiation beams delivered to a specific area. Through the use of three-dimensional computer-aided planning, the treatment may minimize the amount of radiation to healthy brain tissue and other sites.
- Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT): An advanced form of radiation therapy. IMRT allows delivery of a higher, more precise dose of radiation to the tumor and spares surrounding tissues from damage. IMRT differs from standard radiation therapy in that IMRT uses computer-generated images to plan and deliver tightly focused radiation beams to cancerous tumors. It not only shapes the radiation beam to the exact size of the tumor, it delivers substantially more cancer-killing energy to tumors. It targets areas where there are more cancer cells and can reduce damage to normal tissues. Image acquisition software links diagnostic images to the treatment planning process. Technology called multileaf collimators shape the radiation beam to the tumor.
- Three-dimensional treatment planning: A technique that preserves areas surrounding the cancerous tumor.
- Breast Brachytherapy: A promising new treatment option for patients with early-stage breast cancer. Delivered in five days as opposed to whole-breast radiation therapy, which may take six weeks, this accelerated partial breast irradiation delivers radiation directly to the breast cancer site, sparing health breast tissue. This therapy is generally recommended for patients aged 45 years and older.
- High-dose rate brachytherapy: Uses computer technology to aid in the placement doses of radiation within the tumor through a temporary tube or implant device, allowing radiation to be delivered directly to the tumor site. The seed automatically retreats through the tube or implant device back into the machine (this can be done for GYN, H&N, Esophagus and Breast).
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