Depending on the stage and progression of cancer, radiation therapy can sometimes be an effective option for treating cancer.
The Urology Group offers radiation therapy for cancer patients as part of a customized, comprehensive treatment program. Radiation therapy uses high doses of energy to destroy cancer cells without long-term impact on healthy cells.
Radiation therapy resources at The Urology Group include:
- CyberKnife® SBRT: Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) delivers high doses of radiation in a small number of treatment sessions. The Urology Group is the region's only provider of CyberKnife exclusively for prostate cancer. Click here to learn more.
- External, or image-guided: Using two- and three-dimensional imaging to direct radiation, intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) accurately shapes radiation beams so that the prostate receives high doses of radiation while minimizing the amount reaching the neighboring normal tissues. Related technologies include daily imaging to identify the location of the prostate prior to each treatment session, sometimes referred to as image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT).
- Radioactive Seed Implementation (brachytherapy): Seeds that contain radioactive material are inserted into the prostate and emit radiation, attacking the cancer from the inside. Half of the radiation is delivered within 60 days and after 6 months, the radiation treatment course is considered to have ended.
Radiation treatments are performed onsite at our Norwood Campus by The Urology Group's skilled team of physicians, radiation oncologists, nurse practitioners, nurses and technicians, using state-of-the-art equipment.
For more information on CyberKnife® SBRT, click here.