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Radiation is one of the most successful tools for detecting and treating cancer. It’s used to destroy tumors, relieve symptoms, increase survival and improve quality of life.

Advanced Radiation Treatment Close to Home

At Cape Cod Healthcare, our Regional Cancer Network gives you access to the same level of radiation imaging and treatment therapies found at Boston hospitals with the benefit of personal care close to home.

External Beam Radiation Therapy (EBRT)

Radiation therapy delivered outside the body is called external beam radiation therapy. EBRT targets powerful X-rays to destroy tumors while minimizing injury to surrounding tissues. Cape Cod Healthcare invests in the latest EBRT technology:

  • Image guided radiation therapy (IGRT) – Delivers radiation directly to tumors with remarkable precision through the use of real-time imaging
  • Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) – Treats tumors from multiple directions to deliver higher radiation doses with minimal side effects
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) – Focuses high-power radiation on a tumor in one session. Primarily used for brain and lung tumors, this non-surgical procedure uses a precisely mapped coordinate system to destroy the target without harming nearby healthy tissue.
  • Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) – Similar to SRS, SBRT focuses on tumors outside the central nervous system, such as the lung, liver and prostate.

For SRS and SBRT, we use the TrueBeam™ system, known for its speed and precision in helping physicians manage complex cancers.

Brachytherapy

Brachytherapy is a type of radiation delivered inside the body through radioactive seeds or sources placed in or near the tumor. Brachytherapy provides high-dose radiation to the cancerous tissue while reducing radiation exposure to the healthy tissues around it.

  • High-dose rate (HDR) – Delivers radiation in precise, controlled doses through a surgically placed applicator. HDR reduces the number of treatments from 30 to 10 when used for indicated, early-stage breast cancers. Also used to treat gynecological cancers.
  • Prostate seed implants – Treats tumors through radioactive seeds inserted into the prostate. The radiation dissipates between 6 and 12 months, slowly killing the tumor with few side effects.

Learn More About Radiation Therapy

Turn to our online Health Library for comprehensive information about radiation therapy.

Your Care Team

You’ll be cared for by a dedicated team of radiation experts, including board-certified physicians, nurses with advanced training, radiation therapists, physicists, dosimetrists and social workers, all focused on your care and well-being. Specialists from Dana-Farber partner with our team for consultations and second-opinion services.

We’re also there with a full range of support services.

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