If you require radiation therapy, we have highly trained professionals who are eager to provide the best care possible. Radiation oncologists are specially trained physicians who treat cancer patients with radiation precisely targeted at the cancerous area.
Radiation oncologists are part of your treatment team and work with medical oncologists (chemotherapy) and surgical specialists to determine the best treatment plan for you. Because your cancer is unique, your treatment plan will be too, including the duration and intensity of radiation therapy treatment.
- External beam radiation: a machine applies radiation to targeted areas of the body. This is done in multiple doses over the course of a couple weeks.
- Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT): uses a three-dimensional system to apply a strong dose or radiation at targeted cancer cells.
- Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT): Two- or three-dimensional imaging is used during radiation treatment to provide more accurate targeting of cancerous areas.
- Brachytherapy: radioactive materials are placed within the body near the source of cancer cells. These materials may be inserted for a short duration (seconds to minutes) or may be left there permanently, depending on specific treatment method required.
If you have any questions about radiation therapy and how it fits into your cancer treatment, please call the Utah Valley Cancer Center at (801) 357-7575.