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Radiation therapy treatment

Radiation therapy, kills cancer cells. It’s used in the early stages of cancer treatment or after it has started to spread. It can also be used to relieve pain and discomfort from cancer that has spread.

Radiation therapy for cancer

Destroying cancer cells

Our systems, our highly credentialed physicians and staff and our global experience ensures all radiation therapy is delivered safely to the highest standards and in the most effective and efficient manner. This means you won’t be waiting for world-class treatment at any of our 140 US-based facilities.

Radiation therapy is a widely used and effective treatment option for many types of cancer At GenesisCare we invest in only the most advanced equipment to precisely target high doses of radiation at cancer cells. Under our carefully controlled processes, the targeted radiation destroys cancer cells to prevent further growth. Radiation therapy can be used alone or in combination with other treatments, such as surgery or chemotherapy. We only use evidence-based treatments, ensuring your care is truly at the forefront of innovation and effectiveness.

GenesisCare has 140 facilities across the US, all comprised of the most innovative care pathways and run by a world-leading holistic team of specialists, including physicians, nurses and radiation specialists. This means you won’t be waiting for world-class treatment.

Treating Non-melanoma Skin Cancer (NMSC)

Skinviva may be a good option if you have extensive sun damage or have a long history of non-melanoma skin cancer. Skinviva is non-invasive and can precisely target large areas of disease (eg. back), or cosmetically sensitive areas (eg. ear or nose).

External beam radiation therapy

External beam radiation therapy is a collective name for several modalities that use advanced systems to target high-energy radiation beams to destroy cancer cells.

EBRT at GenesisCare

Find out more about EBRT, including how it works and who it’s for.

Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)

IMRT is an advanced form of radiation therapy where the beams of radiation are very precisely shaped to exactly match your tumor, limiting the damage to adjacent healthy tissues. IMRT enables higher doses to be delivered to cancer cells, improving outcomes in terms of local control of the tumor and improved quality of life with fewer to no short-term and long-term side effects.

At GenesisCare IMRT is provided as standard, unlike other providers. We find a way to use IMRT for all tumors because we believe it’s what we would want if we or a family member or friend needed radiation therapy. Additionally, all IMRT is delivered with IGRT to ensure the precision of our radiation treatment.

IMRT at GenesisCare

Find out more about IMRT, including how it works and who it’s for.

Volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT)

VMAT is an advanced form of intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) that results in a much faster, highly accurate treatment delivery as the machine treats as it moves around you. In some cases, the time spent on the treatment table is half that of other systems, meaning less movement of internal organs and greater accuracy in the overall treatment process. GenesisCare utilizes VMAT at all locations where the technology is available.

VMAT at GenesisCare

Find out more about external VMAT, including how it works and who it’s for.

PET CT Imaging

A PET/CT scan is a precise diagnostic imaging technique that combines a PET scan and a CT scan to create detailed 3D images of the inside of your body to help identify the location of your cancer. We use PET/CT scans for many types of cancer and during different parts of your cancer journey. It is more accurate in diagnosing cancer than a PET scan or CT scan alone.

Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT)

IGRT is a type of radiation therapy which uses advanced imaging techniques (e.g. CT or MRI scanning) before and during each treatment session to ensure you are correctly positioned and your tumor is precisely targeted. IGRT is particularly useful for treating cancers that move during or between treatment sessions, such as the lung and prostate. All radiation therapy at GenesisCare is delivered with IGRT.

IGRT at GenesisCare

Find out more about IGRT, including how it works and who it’s for.

Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT)

SBRT is a highly advanced form of radiation therapy and it’s often used as an alternative to surgery. Extremely focused high-energy radiation beams are used to destroy tumors in fewer treatment sessions than other forms of radiation therapy, sometimes five or less. SBRT has been shown to be highly effective for late-stage cancers enabling patients previously considered incurable to be offered long-term and curative outcomes. GenesisCare offers SBRT at all its treatment locations.

SBRT at GenesisCare

Find out more about SBRT, including how it works and who it’s for.

Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS)

SRS is a non-surgical treatment for primary and secondary brain tumors that precisely delivers multiple beams of radiation to the target site in very few treatment sessions. This advanced radiation therapy technique directs high doses of radiation with pinpoint accuracy, avoiding the surrounding healthy brain tissue and reducing the likelihood of side effects. SRS is delivered in the outpatient setting, meaning no hospitalization or anesthesia is required. Most treatments are delivered in around 45 minutes and only require one to three sessions.

SRS at GenesisCare

Find out more about SRS, including how it works and who it’s for.

Surface-guided radiation therapy (SGRT)

Surface-guided radiation therapy (SGRT) including deep inspiration breath hold (DIBH)

SGRT uses sophisticated 3D camera technology to help correctly position you for treatment without the need for permanent tattoos. SGRT can also monitor unintended movements you make during treatment and pause the radiation until you are back in the correct position.

SGRT is also used in breast cancer as part of a modern technique known as deep inspiration breath hold (DIBH). When a patient is in deep inspiration and holds their breath during treatment (for around 20 to 30 seconds), the heart is protected from higher doses of radiation resulting a reduced likelihood of cardiac side effects. DIBH can also be used for other cancers including liver, lung and kidney to manage motion or internal organ movement. GenesisCare is delivering SGRT with IMRT and IGRT to ensure the most accurate radiation therapy is delivered to improve outcomes for all patients.

SGRT at GenesisCare

Find out more about SGRT and DIBH, including how it works and who it’s for.

High-dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy

HDR brachytherapy is a type of internal radiation therapy that is commonly used alongside other treatments for cancer. It involves placing a small amount of radioactive material into or next to the tumor, which is removed following each treatment session. HDR brachytherapy a very safe and effective treatment for cancer.

HDR brachytherapy at GenesisCare

Find out more about HDR brachytherapy, including how it works and who it’s for.

Low-dose rate brachytherapy

LDR brachytherapy is a type of internal radiation therapy which is commonly used to treat prostate cancer. Small radioactive seeds are permanently implanted into the tumor and slowly release radiation over several days or weeks delivering a highly effective anti-cancer treatment. The seeds remain radioactive for a short time only, becoming inert (non-radioactive) across one to two weeks.

LDR brachytherapy at GenesisCare

Find out more about LDR brachytherapy, including how it works and who it’s for.

Electronic brachytherapy

Electronic brachytherapy is a skin cancer treatment that delivers a targeted dose of X-ray radiation to the cancer site through a probe on your skin. Benefits of this procedure included excellent cosmetic outcomes and minimal side effects, making it a great alternative to surgery.

Electronic brachytherapy at GenesisCare

Find out more about electronic brachytherapy, including how it works and who it’s for.

MRI-guided radiation therapy (MRIgRT)

MRIgRT is a treatment option for many cancers combining MRI scanning and precision radiation therapy. MRIgRT uses MRI scanning technology attached to the treatment machine to identify the tumor immediately before treatment. This enables the staff to adapt the treatment plan at each session, ensuring the tumor is entirely encompassed by the radiation beams and surrounding normal tissues are protected. Using this process of adapting the plan each day, higher doses of radiation can be delivered at each treatment session resulting in treatment being completed in around one to two weeks only.  GenesisCare has access to MRIgRT services in select regions across the US. You should discuss the role of MRIgRT with your oncologist. Access and support can be arranged if required.

CyberKnife Robotic radiation therapy

CyberKnife is a highly advanced radiation therapy system which uses an intelligent robot to deliver radiation beams from over 200 carefully selected angles to ensure your tumor is precisely targeted and important normal structures and tissues protected. The intelligent part of the robot can track movement as it happens in the body and make the necessary adjustments for even greater precision. CyberKnife is available at key locations across the GenesisCare network. You should discuss the role of CyberKnife with your Oncologist. Access and support can be arranged if required.

Gamma Knife

Gamma Knife is a type of stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) and uses tiny beams of gamma radiation to treat tumors, vascular malformations and other abnormalities of the brain with sub-millimeter precision to avoid damage to healthy brain tissue. It is often used to control secondary brain cancer – where cancer has spread to the brain from a primary cancer – and for tumors that can’t easily be reached with surgery. Gamma Knife is delivered in an outpatient setting and no anesthesia or overnight hospital stay is needed. Most treatments are delivered in around 45 minutes and only require one to three sessions.

Tomotherapy

Tomotherapy is a type of intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). It combines the technologies of a CT scanner and a linear accelerator machine to provide three dimensional (3D) images that help to accurately target a tumor.

Tomotherapy at GenesisCare

Find out more about tomotherapy, including how it works and who it’s for.

Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation

An advanced radiation therapy technique used after breast conserving surgery for early breast cancers.

Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation at GenesisCare

Find out more about Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation, including how it works and who it’s for.

Prostate specific membrane antigen (PSMA PET)

Electronic brachytherapy is a skin cancer treatment that delivers a targeted dose of X-ray radiation to the cancer site through a probe on your skin. Benefits of this procedure included excellent cosmetic outcomes and minimal side effects, making it a great alternative to surgery.

PSMA PET at GenesisCare

Find out more about PSMA PET, including how it works and who it’s for.

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