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Depending on the stage and progression of cancer, radiation therapy can sometimes be an effective option for treating cancer.
The Urology Group offers radiation therapy for cancer patients as part of a customized, comprehensive treatment program. Radiation therapy uses high doses of energy to destroy cancer cells without long-term impact on healthy cells.
Radiation Therapy Resources
CyberKnife® SBRT: Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) delivers high doses of radiation in a small number of treatment sessions. The Urology Group is the region’s only provider of CyberKnife exclusively for prostate cancer. Click here to learn more.
External, or image-guided: Using two- and three-dimensional imaging to direct radiation, intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) accurately shapes radiation beams so that the prostate receives high doses of radiation while minimizing the amount reaching the neighboring normal tissues. Related technologies include daily imaging to identify the location of the prostate prior to each treatment session, sometimes referred to as image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT).
Radioactive Seed Implementation (brachytherapy): Seeds that contain radioactive material are inserted into the prostate and emit radiation, attacking the cancer from the inside. Half of the radiation is delivered within 60 days and after 6 months, the radiation treatment course is considered to have ended.
Radiation treatments are performed onsite at our Norwood Campus by The Urology Group’s skilled team of physicians, radiation oncologists, nurse practitioners, nurses and technicians, using state-of-the-art equipment.
Prostate Cancer: Prostate cancer occurs in one out of nine men in the U.S. during his lifetime. Risks increase as men age or among African Americans, which is why annual screenings are recommended.
Kidney (Renal Cell) Cancer: The kidneys filter out toxic substances from our blood before it circulates to the heart, but sometimes cancerous tumors can form in the kidneys. Here’s what you should know about renal cell cancer.
Bladder Cancer: Bladder cancer is the fourth most common cancer among men, and 90% of those diagnosed are older than 55. Cigarette smoking is the leading cause, but there are other risks you should know.
Testicular Cancer: Most testicular cancers develop in the reproductive cells that make sperm, explaining why men who contract the disease usually do so at a relatively young age. Fortunately, the treatment is highly effective if caught early.