Radiation therapy is the use of ionizing radiation to treat cancer as well as some benign diseases. Ionizing radiation therapy injures or destroys cells in the areas being treated by damaging the cells' genetic material, thus making it impossible for the cells to continue to divide and spread. Although radiation damages normal cells as well as cancer cells, we rely on the normal cells to repair themselves sufficiently for the tissues to recover.
Our leading-edge technologies include:
Our 4-D treatment planning in conjunction with respiratory
gating integrates with the Trilogy linear accelerator to provide the
most accurate, highly conformal treatment delivery for patients
undergoing radiation therapy.
Additional benefits include:
External beam radiation therapy is generally delivered in the form of either X-rays (photons) or electrons. This therapy can be used to treat cancer that lies deep in the body or close to the skin surface, adjusting the energy of the beam accordingly.
Our newer linear accelerators deliver a full range of external beam radiation therapy treatments, enabling us to best tailor treatment to suit the needs of the patient. These linear accelerators deliver a uniform dose of high-energy X-ray to the tumor, destroying the cancer cells while sparing the surrounding normal tissue.
Choose from a broad range of external beam therapies, including 3D CRT, IMRT, and IGRT. Technologies include:
To learn more, schedule an appointment with a Radiation Oncologist. Find a physician using Memorial Hermann's physician finder.