We, at the UMC Southwest Cancer Center, know that not a single patient is the same as the last. For this reason, we offer a wide range of radiation therapy treatments to fit each individuals need.
Stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR)
Stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR), also known as stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), is a highly focused radiation treatment that gives a high dose of radiation concentrated on a tumor, while limiting the dose to the surrounding organs. This is a treatment option for patients who may not benefit from surgery.
- high effectiveness and accuracy, with the latest image-guidance technology
- ability to spare healthy tissue while boosting radiation dosage
- non-invasive and comfortable for patients
- convenient outpatient service lasts no longer than an hour
Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS)
Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) is a non-invasive treatment that uses dozens of tiny radiation beams to accurately target brain tumors with a single high dose of radiation. Although the name might suggest otherwise, this is not a surgical procedure. SRS is effective for treating tumors in small areas in the head and neck that cannot be reached by surgery.
Stereotactic Radiosurgery Cone Treatment
The Radiation Therapy department at the UMC Southwest Cancer Center also uses SRS cone treatments. This allows the physician to deliver a high dose of radiation with the radiation beam pinpointed to tumors.
Optical Surface Monitoring System (OSMS)
Our OSMS is a Stereotactic Radiosurgery Intracranial solution, designed to ensure treatments are delivered with precision. I projects a grid onto patients to allow us to monitor movement; if movement is detected, then the treatment delivery pauses.
Brachytherapy is a procedure that involves placing small pieces of radioactive material (about the size of a grain of rice) inside of the patient’s body as close to the tumor as possible. This method allows our doctors to deliver higher doses of radiation to more specific areas of the body, limiting exposure to healthy tissue. This is used to treat several types of cancer such as: breast, gynecologic, prostate, skin, and more.
Intensity-modulation Radiation Therapy
Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) is an advanced type of radiation used to treat cancer and noncancerous tumors. It uses advanced technology to manipulate beams of radiation to conform to the shape of the tumor, with the goal of reducing exposure to healthy tissue and limiting side effects of treatment.
3-D Conformal Radiation
3-D conformal radiation utilizes three-dimensional scans to determine the exact shape and size of a tumor, which allows our doctors to direct radiation beams to conform to the shape of the tumor. We use advanced technology to plot the path of beams and use tiny metal leaves to fit tumor dimensions.
Partial Breast Radiation
Partial breast radiation therapy uses high-powered x-rays to kill breast cancer cells. Usually, it’s used where the breast tumor was already removed. As with many of our radiation options, this method spares the surrounding healthy tissue from being exposed.
Radioimmunotherapy is a combination of radiation therapy and immunotherapy. A laboratory produced molecule called a monoclonal antibody is paired with radioactive material. When injected into a patient’s bloodstream, the radiation-linked monoclonal antibody binds to cancer cells, allowing a high dose of radiation to be delivered to the tumor.