What is Radiation Therapy?

Radiation therapy (sometimes also called radiotherapy) is a cancer treatment that utilizes radiation to kill cancer cells and stop them from spreading. At the Cancer Care Center radiation therapy is administered via the state-of-the-art Varian CL 2100CD Millennium Linear Accelerator with MLC (multi-leaf collimation). This machine delivers precise, targeted treatments utilizing 3D-Conformal Therapy and IMRT. IMRT (Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy) allows the patients to receive maximum doses of radiation while greatly minimizing side effects by reducing the dose to surrounding normal tissues. The Cancer Care Center also utilizes IGRT (Image Guided Radiation Therapy). This method of treatment ensures that the field of treatment is perfectly positioned. Brachtherapy is another method of delivering radiation which is provided by the Cancer Care Center.