Advocate Radiation Oncology

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Our Treatments

Your Individualized Cancer Treatment Plan

Each patient is different; therefore, our doctors will create an individualized treatment plan using the latest techniques available. We offer the following treatments:

  • External Beam Radiotherapy (EBRT) and Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
  • High-dose Rate Brachytherapy (HDR)
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS)
  • Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT)
  • Surface-Guided Radiation Therapy (SGRT) and Deep-Inspiration Breath Hold (DIBH)

About Our Treatments

External Beam Radiotherapy

External beam radiation therapy directs beams of radiation through the skin to target the cancer cells and the immediate surrounding tissue. Typically, these treatments are performed five days a week. This allows the treatment to cumulatively eradicate the cancer cells, while giving the healthy tissues the time to recover.

High-Dose Rate Brachytherapy (HDR)

In high-dose rate brachytherapy, a radiation oncologist will place sources of radiation directly into a tumor. High-dose brachytherapy can be used for multiple types of cancer including endometrial, skin, and prostate cancer. This form of treatment releases more powerful localized doses of radiation over a short timeframe. Brachytherapy may involve a surgical procedure.

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Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) and Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT)

SRS and SBRT therapy use extremely focused beams of radiation in higher doses than with daily radiation therapy. This means that your treatment could be completed in a much shorter time frame – in some cases, in just days rather than weeks. SRS, treatment delivered in a single fraction, is most commonly used specifically for brain tumors. SBRT refers to a radiation course most often delivered in three to five treatments and is frequently used to treat lung cancer. These treatments require special machines and motion-tracking. SBRT is a form of radiation that is extremely precise and can be used to effectively and quickly destroy tumors.

Surface-Guided Radiation Therapy (SGRT) and Deep-Inspiration Breath Hold (DIBH)

SGRT uses specialized optical cameras and motion tracking to visualize the surface of a patient’s body and guide the delivery of external-beam radiation. It is most often used for breast cancer. DIBH is used in conjunction with SGRT in order to move the breast away from the heart. This is a powerful technique that allows radiation to be delivered while avoiding long-term risks to the cardiac structures.

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