Every cancer diagnosis is unique, and every treatment plan must also be unique and customized to give patients the best potential for a cure. At Ackerman Cancer Center we offer you access to a number of the most effective, evidence-based radiation therapies available, including proton therapy.
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Proton therapy is one of the most precise, advanced radiation treatment modalities available. 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. Proton therapy is often the best choice for patients with localized tumors. It offers less risk of side effects, reduced radiation exposure to surrounding healthy tissue, and a higher dose of radiation to the tumor site. The radiation oncologists at Ackerman Cancer Center will work with you and consider all options to develop the best possible treatment plan for your cancer.
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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.
Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation (APBI) is a form of internal radiation therapy, also known as brachytherapy. A catheter is inserted into the cavity that remains after lumpectomy surgery. During treatment, a radioactive source is inserted into the catheter and delivers radiation to the lumpectomy site to kill any breast cancer cell that may remain.
AccuBoost® is often used in conjunction with breast conservation therapy. This breast radiotherapy uses real-time mammogram technology to pinpoint the lumpectomy site. The treatment delivers a high or “boost” dose of radiation to the tumor cavity margin, while protecting surrounding healthy tissue from unnecessary radiation.
Brachytherapy is a type of internal radiation therapy that allows a higher dose of radiation to be delivered directly to the tumor, the area near it, or the site following tumor removal. This approach helps protect surrounding healthy tissue. Types of brachytherapy performed at Ackerman Cancer Center include prostate seed implants, Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation (APBI) and Valencia® for skin cancer.
Brainlab™ is a treatment planning system used with Stereotactic Radiosurgery, a nonsurgical, highly precise form of radiation therapy.
Electron Radiotherapy is a form of external beam radiation. Electrons are delivered to the tumor site using a linear accelerator.
The linear accelerator delivers radiation treatment with either photons or electrons to better target the cancer and avoid damaging surrounding healthy tissue with too high a dose of radiation. Ackerman Cancer Center uses advanced monitoring technology such as C-RAD Sentinel™, Cone Beam Computerized Tomography, Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy® and TheraView™ to enhance the accuracy of radiation treatments.
GammaKnife® is a technology that is used to help reduce radiation exposure to healthy tissue, which is especially important for areas like the brain and lungs. It is a type of Stereotactic Radiosurgery, a nonsurgical, highly precise form of radiation therapy, able to reach tumors deep inside the body without the risks of surgery.
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 3D images to monitor the tumors location during treatment. These technologies work together to reduce exposure to healthy tissues and minimize side effects of treatment.
Prostate seed implants are a type of internal radiation therapy, also known as brachytherapy. A doctor or clinician implants radioactive seeds (containing either iodine-125 or palladium-103) into specific parts of the prostate gland using ultrasound guidance. The number of seeds and where they are placed is determined by a treatment plan tailored for each patient. Anywhere from 40 to 160 seeds are commonly implanted.
The implants remain in place permanently and the radioactivity of the seeds slowly decays during several weeks to months. This technique allows a high dose of radiation to be delivered to the prostate with limited exposure to nearby organs.
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.
Ablative Radiotherapy (SABR),also known as Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT), is highly focused radiation treatment that gives an intense dose of radiation concentrated on a tumor, while limiting the dose to the surrounding organs. It has become a treatment of choice for many patients whom surgery may not be an option.
Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT), also known as Stereotactic Ablative Radiotherapy (SABR), is highly focused radiation treatment that gives an intense dose of radiation concentrated on a tumor, while limiting the dose to the surrounding organs. It has become a treatment of choice for many patients whom surgery may not be an option.
Stereotactic Radiosurgery is a nonsurgical, highly precise form of radiation therapy, able to reach tumors deep inside the body without the risks of surgery. Ackerman Cancer Center utilizes Brainlab™ and GammaKnife® to help reduce radiation exposure to healthy tissue, which is especially important for areas like the brain and lungs.
Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT) is a technique for precisely delivering radiation therapy to tumors. Single or multiple beams sweep in uninterrupted arc(s) around the patient while utilizing 3D imaging to monitor the tumor during treatment. This method reduces exposure to healthy tissues while increasing the radiation dose to the tumor.
Xofigo® is a radiation treatment available that can help extend the lives of men with advanced forms of prostate cancer. It is an intravenous injection with a typical course of treatment administered over six months. Studies have shown Xofigo® not only increases the length of survival, but it may also improve quality of life by reducing side effects, such as bone pain.