The treatment of lung cancer with radiotherapy is rapidly changing as new technologies make the treatment safer and more effective. One of the more recent developments has been the development of tools that allow for designing radiation fields that account for a tumor’s specific motion, or it’s change in position over time, the fourth dimension.
Conformal radiotherapy. Conformal radiotherapy is also called 3D conformal radiotherapy or 3DCRT. It is a very commonly used type of radiotherapy. What conformal radiotherapy is. Conformal radiotherapy uses a specialised planning CT scanner and sometimes other scans, such as MRI scans.
Image-guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) is the use of imaging during radiation therapy to improve the precision and accuracy of treatment delivery. IGRT is used to treat tumors in areas of the body that move, such as the lungs.
Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT) is a state-of-the-art cancer treatment that delivers a single dose of radiation therapy in a single session. Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) is one of only a few hospitals in the U.S. to offer this advanced therapy to cancer patients.
Types of stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) A precise radiation treatment, stereotactic radiosurgery delivers high doses of radiation at the same time that it spares nearby tissues and organs. Despite its name, it is a non-surgical radiation therapy that can be used as an alternative to invasive surgery.
Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) is a non-surgical radiation therapy used to treat functional abnormalities and small tumors of the brain. It can deliver precisely-targeted radiation in fewer high-dose treatments than traditional therapy, which can help preserve healthy tissue.
Volumetric-modulated arc therapy (VMAT) is a type of specialized intensity modulated radiation therapy. VMAT delivers radiation by rotating the radiation machine, through one or more arcs while radiation is continuously delivered. VMAT allows doctors to treat complex cancers while minimizing exposure to surrounding healthy tissue.