At Beacon Health System, our radiation program offers advanced technology, a highly skilled team and innovative treatments. If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer and your doctor has recommended radiation, you can count on us for precise and compassionate care.
What is Radiation Therapy?
Radiation therapy uses a type of energy to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors. It damages or destroys cells in the targeted area, making it impossible for the cancer cells to continue growing.
Our Services and Technology
When you come to Beacon for cancer treatment, you get a group of doctors from several specialties collaborating on your care. If radiation is part of your treatment plan, we’ll already be familiar with your specific case.
We offer multiple radiation treatment options with today’s most advanced technology.
- 3D conformal radiation therapy and intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) – The physicians work to avoid normal, healthy structures near the tumor site by designing custom treatment plans for every patient. Radiation beams are targeted from several different directions to best treat the tumor and avoid any critical structures nearby.
- Brachytherapy – HDR /Brachytherapy radiation is delivered internally via catheters. The radiation source is only exposed for a short duration of time, allowing the tumor to be treated from the inside. This technique exposes radiation directly to the tumor, sparing normal surrounding structures.
- Stereotactic radiosurgery – This technique is used to treat small tumors in the brain, spine and lung. This advanced treatment technique allows the Radiation Oncologist to deliver a very high dose of radiation focused directly at the tumor over a shortened period of time.
- Prostate Seed Implant – One-time, minimally invasive, outpatient treatment procedure for early stage prostate cancer. The permanent radioactive seeds deliver a precise dose of radiation inside the prostate before they gradually lose their radioactivity over the next few days.
- RapidArc® – a leading-edge radiation technology that offers exceptional precision and shorter treatment times. Often, a full treatment can be completed in less than two minutes.
- Respiratory Gating – Some breast, lung and abdominal tumors can move position with each breathe. The Respiratory Gating system allows the beam of radiation to turn on and off depending on the breathing cycle. The Respiratory Gating system allows the physician to correctly target tumor position in relation to the patient’s respiratory cycle. Many benefits of using this technology with the “breath hold technique” for breast cancer treatment include considerable decrease in radiation exposure to the patient’s heart and lungs.
- Image-guided radiotherapy – uses imaging equipment to pinpoint the exact location of your tumor during radiation treatment. Real time corrections can be made before delivering dose of radiation for improved accuracy. Techniques included:
- Cone Beam CT
- KV KV image matching
- Vision RT – infrared surface recognition software