Cancer and Radiation Treatment

The two most well-known treatments for cancer are chemotherapy and radiation. The first delivers drugs into the body that directly kill cancer cells. The other delivers beams of radiation to the tumor itself to stop growth and ultimately eradicate the tumor itself. If you’re facing the prospect of radiation, you may know by now that there are several different types of radiation therapy available. Understanding the differences is important for managing your own healthcare.

Here are the types of radiation available today:

  • Radiation Therapy with Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT). This type of radiation uses precise imaging techniques to locate the tumor, after which thin beams of radiation – hundreds of them – are delivered to that exact location in three-dimensional patterns from any angle. This type of precision allows for control of where the radiation is delivered and the ability to use the lowest radiation dosage possible, which results in fewer side-effects.
  • Radiation Therapy with Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT). Used in conjunction with IMRT, the IGRT technology allows for the beam of radiation to be altered based on daily movement of the tumor.
  • Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy. A new radiation technology, Stereotactic Body Radiation has taken the cure rate for tumors to a whole new level, delivering highly potent, and extraordinarily effective, biological does of radiation to the tumor.

Radiation has long been an effective means for addressing cancer tumors. As the years go on, there are more and more developments in terms of radiation technology; each development another step towards finding the most effective cure for cancer.

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