Radiation therapy, or radiotherapy, uses various forms of radiation to safely and effectively treat cancer and a few other diseases. Radiation therapy works by damaging cancerous cells. After exposure to radiation, normal cells are able to repair; cancer cells cannot. Sometimes radiation therapy is the only treatment a patient needs; other times, it is combined with surgery and/or chemotherapy. Types of radiation therapy include: External Beam Therapy and Brachytherapy.
Shaw Regional Cancer Center has just recently installed a state-of-the-art Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) Linear Accelerator. The benefits of this new technology include:
- Increases our medical team’s ability to locate tumors quickly and precisely before each treatment.
- Provides the ability to monitor the patient for slight movements and respiration during treatment.
- Accurately delivers radiation to cancerous tissue with shorter treatment times.
- Includes additional treatment energies for a more individualized patient treatment plan.
- Enhances the ability to expose a tumor to the maximum dose of radiation while minimizing radiation to healthy tissues.
The new Linear Accelerator helps insure Shaw Regional Cancer Center remains on the leading edge of treatment capabilities.