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Radiation Oncology

Halvorson Cancer Center's radiation therapy technology destroys cancer cells while protecting the patient's tissue and organs.

Outcome studies for early stage breast cancer treatment show that 98% of women who chose a conservative approach (i.e. lumpectomy and radiation therapy) were able to keep their breast.

Since the implementation of intensity-modulated radiation therapy in 2000, 98% of prostate cancer patients who chose this approach show no evidence of disease as evaluated with follow-up prostate-specific antigen (PSA) tests.

Advanced Radiation Technology

Halvorson Cancer Center radiation oncology operates two linear accelerators, both equipped with state-of-the-art technology for treating cancer.

Learn more about the following types of radiation therapy available to Halvorson Cancer Center patients:

4-Dimensional Respiratory Gating uses a breath-hold technique to spare the heart from the radiation beam during treatment for left breast or lung cancer.

Brachytherapy and SpaceOAR treats prostate cancer by placing radioactive seeds in or near tumors in the prostate, which work alone or in combination with external beam radiation.

Image Guided Radiation Therapy is a precision image-guidance system for real-time verification of the treatment site prior to every treatment.

Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) is the gold standard to target tumors while sparing normal tissue.

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