Radiation therapy is an integral aspect of cancer treatment. At Carilion Clinic, our leadership is committed to investing in new and innovative technologies that provide patients in our community access to the most sophisticated cancer therapies without having to travel long distances. Carilion's Radiation Oncology department works collaboratively with diagnostic imaging and interventional radiology. We combine high-tech, non-invasive imaging techniques with a devotion to compassionate care.
Treatment modalities include:
- Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) – Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) is an advanced form of radiation treatment that allows radiation oncologists to precisely target tumor cells with tightly focused radiation beams that can be adjusted to vary intensity for different types of tumors. IMRT has been shown to be particularly useful for cancers of the prostate and head and neck region and also sometimes helpful for treating tumors in the breast or pelvis or located near critical organs or tissues.
- Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) – Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) combines a new form of imaging technology that allows precise targeting of the tumor with the control of IMRT to pinpoint and treat cancerous tumors with varying amounts of radiation. IGRT is used to treat tumors in areas of the body that are prone to movement, such as the lungs, liver, and prostate gland, as well as tumors located close to critical organs and tissues.
- High Dose Rate (HDR) Brachytherapy – High Dose Rate (HDR) Brachytherapy allows physicians to directly deliver precise radiation treatment to a patient's cancerous tumors through the use of catheters, thin flexible needles, or applicators inserted into a body cavity or directly into the tissue. It is frequently used in the treatment of breast, cervical and uterine cancers as well as certain types of lung and esophageal cancers and is done on an outpatient basis.
- Prostate Seed Brachytherapy – This one-time, minimally invasive, outpatient procedure involves the placement of tiny radioactive "seeds" to deliver radiation inside the prostate. Data shows shorter recovery time, fewer long-term complications and excellent long-term survival rates.
- Selective Internal Radiation (SIR) – Selective Internal Radiation Therapy (SIRT) is a targeted treatment for liver tumors that delivers millions of tiny radioactive beads, called SIR-Spheres microspheres, directly to the cancer while sparing nearby healthy tissue.
- Zevalin – Zevalin, a form of radioimmunotherapy, is used to treat patients with certain types of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL), including patients with refractory follicular NHL.
- Radium 223 – Radium 223 is an injectable form of radiation therapy used to help relieve bone pain that may occur with prostate cancer that has spread to the bone.