At the Wellmont Cancer Institute, we treat cancer with the most innovative strategies available. Using our combined resources, we’re able to offer you the very latest technologies for the best possible outcomes.
At some point in their fight against cancer, more than half of patients are usually treated with radiation (high-energy radiation that destroys cancer cells’ ability to reproduce). Some cancer treatments, such as those for prostate cancer and larynx cancer, involve radiation alone. Others, such as radiation therapy after breast-conserving surgery, involve radiation as partial treatment. And in some cases, radiation, chemotherapy or both are used before surgery to help ensure a less radical surgery is required.
A radiation oncologist may use radiation generated by a machine outside your body (external beam radiation therapy) or put radioactive sources inside your body (brachytherapy). Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT), offered at Bristol Regional Medical Center, combines traditional radiation treatment with a simultaneous CT scan to allow physicians greater precision and accuracy when targeting and treating cancer. Tumors constantly move within the body, making precise targeting difficult with traditional CT scans.
IGRT provides a CT image of the target tumor just before each radiation treatment, which allows us to adjust the radiation beam to destroy the tumor but not the healthy tissue. The surrounding tissue is easily damaged if radiation is not delivered with a high degree of accuracy and precision.
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