Radiation therapy uses high-energy rays to kill or shrink cancer cells.

Our advanced radiation treatments include:

  • Brachytherapy:  Tiny radioactive seeds are placed in the body close to the tumor.
  • 3D-conformal radiation therapy:  Several radiation beams are given in the exact shape of the tumor.
  • Intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT): Treatment is tailored to the specific shape of the tumor to reduce damage to normal tissue.
man Receiving Radiation Therapy Treatments for Breast Cancer

External Radiation (External Beam Therapy)

Radiation treatment, administered by a radiation therapist, sends high levels of radiation precisely and directly to the cancer cells. Since radiation is used to kill cancer cells and to shrink tumors, special shields may be used to protect the tissue surrounding the treatment area. Radiation treatments are painless and usually last a few minutes. Radiation therapy may be given alone, or in combination with surgery and/or chemotherapy.