Radiation Therapy at UVA
The radiation oncology department at UVA Cancer Center provides individualized care delivered by compassionate radiologists, nurses and other staff. They use the latest technology available and have the largest array of advanced treatment options in Virginia, allowing them to custom tailor the treatment for each patient's needs. Our physicians are experienced in treating patients on Trilogy and TruBeam Linear Accelerators, HD Helical TomoTherapy, High Dose Rate Brachytherapy with its own CT scanner planning system, and the Perfexion GammaKnife.
Researchers in the department of radiation oncology seek to develop a new generation of radiation treatment to improve the cure rates, reduce toxicity and limit the number of treatments to make healing as convenient as possible for patients and their families. Learn more about the department of radiation oncology.
We’re the first cancer center in the nation to offer the latest version of the, which delivers precisely targeted radiation treatments that preserve more healthy tissue than previous versions.
Radioactive “seeds” are planted inside the tumor to treat prostate, cervical, breast and head and neck cancers. This allows for a higher-than-normal dose of radiation, reduces the risk of damaging healthy tissue and increases the chance of destroying the tumor.
- We offer a CT on Rails Brachytherapy Suite, where patients with gynecologic and prostate cancers can get treatment in a single, more comfortable location instead of needing to be moved to multiple locations. This helps reduce the chances the brachytherapy “seeds” will shift, which improves treatment accuracy.
Intraoperative Radiation Therapy
We're one of the first centers in the U.S. to offer this combined treatment option, where high-dose intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT) is combined with CT on Rails Brachytherapy.
- The combination leads to a more accurate treatment and may be an option for patients with early-stage breast cancer.
- The treatment option is expected to both reduce the risk of breast cancer recurrence and improve cosmetic outcomes.
Varian TrueBeam™ Linear Accelerator
The first of its kind in Virginia, this streamlined system for planning and monitoring treatments delivers a pre-determined amount of radiation in a safe and effective manner.
- The TrueBeam rotates around the patient to deliver a prescribed radiation dose from nearly any angle.
- Treatment is guided by 3-D images for higher accuracy.
- Patients can get their treatment plan at the Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center and then receive treatment at the ECCCC or at Moser Radiation Oncology, where there is a "twinned" linear accelerator.
Delivers the full range of radiation therapies, including image-guided radiation therapy, intensity-modulated radiation therapy, 3-D conformal radiotherapy, stereotactic radiosurgery, fractionated stereotactic radiation therapy and intensity-modulated radiosurgery.
- Includes RapidArc™, state-of-the-art software that allows targeted treatment to be delivered in two minutes or less.
Delivers precise treatment to areas in the body, such as the lungs, where tumors can move as a patient breathes.
Other Radiation Treatment Options Include:
- Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
- Image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT)
- Total body irradiation (TBI)
How Radiation Treatment Works
Half of all cancer patients will receive radiation therapy at some point during their illness. The goal of radiation therapy is to cure the disease or shrink the tumor without damaging surrounding tissue.
Your radiation therapy includes:
- Real-time imaging to make sure we know the exact location of the tumor and any changes in its size or location
- Monitoring of your progress and adjustment of your treatment plan to ensure the radiation is hitting its target
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