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Radiation Therapy

Choice Cancer Care -  - Board Certified Medical Oncologist

Choice Cancer Care

BOARD CERTIFIED MEDICAL ONCOLOGISTS, RADIATION ONCOLOGISTS, & HEMATOLOGISTS LOCATED IN IRVING, TX; LEWISVILLE, TX; PLANO, TX; & SOUTHLAKE, TX

Over half of all people with cancer receive radiation therapy, where it can be your primary treatment or combined with other options like surgery and chemotherapy. The exceptional team at Choice Cancer Care are known for their expertise in all types of radiation therapy. They explain your options and recommend the best technique for your recovery, so you can be confident in making the best decision about your cancer care. To learn more about radiation therapy, call one of the offices in Plano, Lewisville, Irving, or Southlake, Texas, or book an appointment online today.

Radiation Therapy Q & A

What is radiation therapy?

Radiation therapy uses high-energy beams of X-rays, gamma rays, electrons, or protons to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors. Radiation beams break down the cell’s DNA. With enough DNA damage, the cancer cells stop growing or die.

When will I need radiation therapy?

The team at Choice Cancer Care uses radiation therapy to treat many types of cancer and to achieve different treatment goals. You may get radiation therapy:

  • To cure early-stage cancers
  • As the primary treatment for some cancers
  • Before surgery to shrink the tumor
  • To treat symptoms of advanced cancer
  • To treat cancer that returns
  • Together with chemotherapy

You might also need preventive radiation therapy for cancers with a high risk of spreading to another body area.

What are the different types of radiation therapy?

The team at Choice Cancer Care have extensive experience performing several different types of radiation therapy, including:

Radiation therapy with intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)

Standard radiation therapy uses fewer beams than IMRT. During IMRT therapy, hundreds of tiny beams that match your tumor’s size and shape are directed into your body.

Some of the beams may have a higher dose of energy to target specific areas of the tumor. Your total radiation dose, however, can be smaller with tightly controlled IMRT. As a result, you have a lower risk of side effects.

Radiation therapy with image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT)

IGRT is a type of IMRT that allows your doctor to precisely alter the radiation beam to match day-to-day changes in the tumor. Repeated CT or PET scans detect any changes in the tumor’s size and location, and your therapy is adjusted accordingly.

Stereotactic body radiation therapy

Stereotactic body radiation uses special equipment to hold your body and prevent you from moving during your treatment. This extra step is essential because stereotactic radiation therapy targets very small, isolated tumors, often in your liver or lung.

MammoSite® targeted radiation therapy

MammoSite is a type of internal radiation therapy or brachytherapy for treating breast cancer. After you have a lumpectomy to remove breast cancer, your doctor at Choice Cancer Care Center places a small, soft balloon inside the space of the tumor’s location.

Then they use a catheter attached to the balloon to place tiny radioactive pellets in the space. The pellets send out radiation that kills cancer cells.

If you have questions about radiation therapy, call Choice Cancer Care, or schedule a consultation online today.