Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy uses high-energy radiation to shrink tumors and kill cancer cells. X-rays, gamma rays, and charged particles are types of radiation used for cancer treatment. About half of all cancer patients receive some type of radiation therapy sometime during the course of their treatment. Radiation can come from a machine outside the body (external-beam radiation therapy) or from radioactive material placed in the body near cancer cells (internal radiation therapy, more commonly called brachytherapy). Systemic radiation therapy uses a radioactive substance, given by mouth or into a vein that travels in the blood to tissues throughout the body. The type of radiation therapy prescribed by a radiation oncologist depends on many factors, including: the type of cancer, size of the cancer, cancer’s location in the body, how close the cancer is to normal tissues that are sensitive to radiation, how far into the body the radiation needs to travel, the patient’s general health and medical history, whether the patient will have other types of cancer treatment, other factors, such as the patient’s age and other medical conditions. Topics of discussion in this session are Volumetric modulated arc therapy, 3-dimensional conformal radiation therapy, intensity-modulated radiation therapy, Particle therapy, Auger therapy, Brachytherapy, Intraoperative radiotherapy Radioisotope therapy, Image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT), Tomotherapy, Stereotactic radiation and Radiosurgery (SBRT, Gamma Knife, and Cyber knife) and Proton therapy.

  • Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy
  • 3-Dimensional Conformal Radiation Therapy
  • Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy
  • Particle Therapy and Auger Therapy
  • Intraoperative Radiotherapy
  • Brachytherapy and Radioisotope Therapy

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