Cancer that originates in the bone is very different from cancers that start elsewhere and spread to the bone. The radiation oncologists at Ackerman Cancer Center have extensive experience in treating all types of primary bone cancer – including osteosarcoma, chondrosarcoma, and Ewing’s sarcoma. They will take time to discuss all aspects of your particular diagnosis, providing answers to all of your questions and concerns along the way.
If you are interested in learning more about radiation therapy treatments for bone cancer, call our office at 904-880-5522.
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Bone cancer treatment usually involves surgery, chemotherapy, radiation or a combination of treatment options. For certain bone cancers, including those that cannot be treated with chemotherapy or patients who choose to forego surgery, radiation therapy may be the sole treatment.
Ackerman Cancer Center offers a variety of radiation therapy options for the treatment of bone cancer including:
Proton therapy is one of the most precise, advanced radiation treatment modalities available today. In traditional photon radiation, the x-ray beams travel through the tumor destroying both cancerous and healthy tissue along the way. Proton therapy provides a more efficient solution by utilizing charged particles (protons) to penetrate the tissue and deposit nearly all of their energy directly at the tumor site, thereby reducing damage to surrounding areas.
Ackerman Cancer Center is proud to be the world’s first private practice offering its own proton beam technology. While proton therapy is not right for every patient, the radiation oncologists at Ackerman Cancer Center will consider all options when developing your personalized treatment plan.
3D External Beam Radiation, also known as 3D Conformal Radiation Therapy, is a technique used to deliver radiation to a tumor site. Imaging scans and special computers map the location of the tumor in three dimensions. During treatment, the radiation is delivered through several beams matched to the shape of the tumor.
Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) and Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) are radiation therapy approaches that utilize multiple imaging and motion management techniques to precisely deliver radiation to tumors.
IMRT uses beams of radiation with multiple angles and varying intensities to conform to the shape of the tumor. IGRT utilizes 3-dimensional images to monitor the tumors location during treatment. These technologies work together to reduce exposure to healthy tissues and minimize side effects of treatment.
Radioactive Isotope Therapy is a targeted form of systemic therapy. The radioisotopes can be delivered directly to the bloodstream or ingested through a pill.
Forms of Radioactive Isotope Therapy available at Ackerman Cancer Center include: iodine-131, Xofigo, Strontium 90 and Samarium 153.
The experienced specialists at Ackerman Cancer Center will consider all treatment options to determine the best treatment approach resulting in the most positive outcome.
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For more information about the Ackerman Cancer Center and its available treatment options, please call (904) 880.5522.