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Get advanced radiation therapy close to home at the Foley Cancer Center, with treatment options including the Triology® System and Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy.
Advanced Radiation Technology
Benefit from the accuracy, precision and efficiency of the Varian Triology™ Linear Accelerator. If your team recommends treatment with this technology, you’ll appreciate:
- Highest radiation dose in shorter sessions
- Adjustment for tumor motion during treatment
- Targeted radiation that spares healthy tissue
- Ability to target even the smallest lesions
The Triology® system is available for a wide range of conditions and recommended treatments.
Types of Radiation Therapy
The Foley Cancer Center and your team or radiation oncologists offer several additional comprehensive radiation therapy services for cancer treatment:
External Beam Therapy
High-energy X-ray beams are targeted to attack the tumor site. This procedure also is known as external radiation therapy and is commonly used for treating breast, colorectal, head, neck, lung and prostate cancers.
Electron Beam Therapy
This specialized treatment for skin cancer delivers electron beams that are designed to attack skin lesions and penetrate only the superficial layer of the skin – sparing deep or healthy tissues.
Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
The most precise, technologically advanced method for treating prostate, head, neck and central nervous system cancers, among others. At Foley Cancer Center, you and your doctors have access to RapidArc™ Technology, an advanced form of IMRT. Learn more about RapidArc and IMRT.
Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)
IGRT combines regular X-ray imaging and the cone beam computed tomography (CT) scan to allow therapists to more precisely locate cancer tumors. Rutland Regional Medical Center was the first Vermont hospital to provide this treatment option to prostate cancer patients. It’s also used to treat tumors close to critical organs and tissues, and allows for precise localization of the tumor prior to treatment.
What Can I Expect From Radiation Therapy?
Your radiation therapy begins with a consultation between you, your radiation oncologist and other members of your Foley Cancer Center team. The consultation includes a physical exam, review of your medical history, and discussion of treatment options and possible side effects.
Friends and family members are welcome to join your consultation for support.
Most pre-treatment planning focuses on outlining, or mapping, the exact area to be treated. Your doctors use a CT scan to identify the area where you’ll receive radiation. Then, they mark the area with ink.
When your first treatment is scheduled, you’ll receive instructions and suggestions for preventing skin problems, which can be a common side effect of radiation therapy.
The number of treatments prescribed depends on your specific cancer diagnosis. Some therapy courses last several weeks; other require only a few days. Most patients are scheduled to receive treatment at the same time each day, spending roughly 30 minutes with each visit.
Your treatment is administered by experienced radiation therapists. You’ll meet once a week with your radiation oncologist. Nurses also are available to discuss questions or concerns.
Your last treatment includes a visit from your radiation oncologist, who’ll discuss follow-up plans that include regular checkups. Any additional appointments will be made before you leave the center.