Radiation therapy is a form of treatment that uses high-energy x-rays to treat tumors. Using highly precise techniques to plan and deliver your individualized treatments, we minimize the dose to normal tissues while delivering high doses to the cancer. This reduces side effects and improves cure rates.
Physicians treat up to 50% of all cancer patients with radiation therapy. Unlike surgery, radiation therapy is a painless procedure that does not involve incisions or anesthetics and is done as an outpatient, so no hospital stay is needed. The Skagit Regional Health Cancer Care Center offers the following Radiation Therapy services:
- SRS: Stereotactic Radiosurgery (example: Gamma Knife)
A highly precise method used to treat lesions in the brain, usually in a single treatment.
- SBRT: Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (example: CyberKnife)
A highly precise method for treating small lesions in the body over a period of one to five days. Click here to watch a video about SBRT.
- IMRT: Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy
A highly conformal type of therapy in which dose is varied across the treatment field, allowing for sparing of normal tissues while still treating the tumor to its intended dose.
- IGRT: Image-Guided Radiation Therapy
Used in conjunction with most of the treatment options listed here, it allows for accurate positioning by overlying daily radiographic images with those taken at the time of treatment.
- VMAT: Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (examples: RapidArc, SmartArc, etc)
A unique form of treatment which utilizes the concepts of IMRT and arc therapy to produce conformal doses in a shortened daily delivery time.
- 3DCRT: Three-Dimensional Conformal Radiotherapy
A conformal type of therapy used to treat tumors three-dimensionally, thereby allowing for greater tumor control.
- Conventional Radiation Therapy
The use of standard radiation therapy techniques to treat a variety of tumors throughout the body.
- Prostate Seed Implants
The use of radioactive seeds to treat prostate cancer. May be used in conjunction with other radiation therapy treatments.
New patients who will be receiving radiation oncology are invited to watch this video to learn more about what to expect in their first few visits.
Click here to view a printable pdf file with information about the Skagit Regional Health Cancer Care Center radiation therapy program.