Radiation Therapy With Hyperthermia

Hyperthermia Cancer Institute – Los Angeles

Hyperthermia is shown to have significantly greater results when used in combination with radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy. Heat generated by hyperthermia can directly kill cancer cells and can enhance the ability of the body’s immune system to fight the cancer. Hyperthermia can sensitize cancer cells to radiation therapy, thereby making your radiation treatments significantly more effective than radiation therapy alone. The two therapies work together to fight the growing cancer cells. Heat also prevents cancer cells from repairing the cancer-damaging effects of radiation.

Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT)

SBRT (stereotactic body radiotherapy) is a new procedure for treating cancer of the lungs and other sites of body that uses high doses of radiation delivered to a precise target.

By using special positioning and implanted markers in the body, radiologists are able to deliver a much higher dose of radiation to a cancer than traditional radiation therapy, while sparing healthy tissue.

Stereotactic Radiotherapy (SRT)

Stereotactic Radiotherapy (SRT) is a medical procedure that allows noninvasive treatment of benign and malignant tumors. It is used to target lesions in the brain. In addition to cancer, it has also been shown to be beneficial for the treatment of some non-cancerous conditions, including functional disorders such as arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) and trigeminal neuralgia.

Stereotactic radiotherapy operates by directing highly focused beams of ionizing radiation with high precision. It is a technique which is used to ablate, by means of a precise dosage of radiation, intracranial and extracranial tumors and other lesions that could be otherwise inaccessible or inadequate for open surgery. There are many nervous diseases for which conventional surgical treatment is difficult or inadvisable due to deleterious consequences for the patient, such as damage to nearby arteries, nerves, and other vital structures.

Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)

Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) is an advanced mode of high-precision radiotherapy that utilizes computer-controlled linear accelerators to deliver precise radiation doses to a malignant tumor or specific areas within the tumor. IMRT allows for the radiation dose to conform more precisely to the three-dimensional (3-D) shape of the tumor by modulating, or controlling, the intensity of the radiation beam in multiple small volumes.

IMRT also allows higher radiation doses to be focused to regions within the tumor while minimizing the dose to surrounding normal critical structures.

In intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), very small beams, or beamlets, are aimed at a tumor from many angles. During treatment, the radiation intensity of each beamlet is controlled, and the beam shape changes hundreds of times during each treatment. As a result, the radiation dose bends around important healthy tissues in a way that is impossible with other techniques.

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