As part of your cancer care plan, you may be referred for radiation therapy. Radiation therapy is a part of treatment for about two-thirds of patients with cancer. Care is managed by radiation oncologists from the Brigham and Women’s Physicians Organization, who also hold appointments at Dana-Farber, South Shore Hospital, and Harvard Medical School.
Our care providers work closely together to develop an individualized radiation therapy plan for each patient, and to provide supportive resources before and after treatment.
Located on the lower level of the Cancer Center at 101 Columbian Street, our radiation oncologists work in conjunction with physicists, dosimetrists, nurses, and therapists to develop the best treatment plan for each patient.
Through state-of-the-art linear accelerators, patients receive targeted radiation to a particular part of the body, given by board-certified radiation therapists under the direction of a radiation oncologist.
Our technologies include:
- RapidArcTM Volumetric Modulated Radiotherapy
- Image-guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)
- Intensity-modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
- Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT)
- Varian TrueBeam™ Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS)
Radiation therapy uses high-energy X-rays to kill cancer cells or keep them from growing. Radiation treatments generally last only a few minutes and are given typically five days a week for several weeks.
Brachytherapy is a surgical technique that utilizes radioactive isotopes implanted directly into or placed close to tumors to precisely deliver high doses of radiation directly to the cancer while minimizing radiation dose to surrounding healthy tissues.
Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) is a minimally-invasive, non-surgical therapy for brain tumors involving the use of a high-dose of radiation delivered with pinpoint accuracy to the tumor. Treatment is delivered in one to five sessions.