Also called: radiotherapy
Radiation therapy is a cancer treatment that uses high doses of radiation to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors. At low doses, radiation is used in x-rays to see inside your body, as with x-rays of your teeth or broken bones.
In the past, an early-stage lung cancer patient may have required 30 or more treatments. Today, as few as three to eight treatments may be necessary.
Our center’s two Varian TrueBeam STx linear accelerators are the only two identical devices in Arkansas capable of delivering precision external beam radiation with ultra–high dose rates. In addition, UAMS now offers the state’s only Accuray TomoHDA.
We also continue to provide treatment techniques unique to our program in Arkansas, including:
- Gamma Knife Perfexion® for intracranial stereotactic radiosurgery
- GRID (spatially fractionated radiation therapy) for large tumors that are unlikely to be controlled with conventional radiation therapy
- Superficial hyperthermia – used in conjunction with radiation therapy to enhance cancer cell killing effects
Our Advanced Technology and Therapies
- Accuray Tomotherapy
- External Beam Radiation Therapy
- Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
- Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT)
- Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)
- Stereotactic Radiosurgery and Fractionated Stereotactic Radiotherapy
- Brachytherapy, including MRI-Guided Volumetric Brachytherapy for gynecological cancers