Radiation therapy or radiation oncology is one of the cancer treatments. It utilizes high-energy radiation to kill or damage tumor cells and prevent them from spreading. These radiations are injected from an external machine or internal radioactive substances (depending on the cancer type) to target the tumor inside the body. This is generally used in conjunction with chemotherapy to prevent cancer cells from dividing.
The therapy is minimally invasive, safe, effective, and offers various benefits, such as
- Lesser damage to the surrounding healthy tissues.
- Shorter treatment duration.
- Targets the tumor cells effectively.
- Fewer complications.
- Quicker recovery.
- Lesser infection risks.
Today, radiation oncology itself encompasses different types of technology to help patients in combating cancer. At Radiation Oncology Treatment Hospital in Noida, we aim to adapt the latest technology at our centers to provide excellent treatment.
Radiation Technology at IOCI
IG-IMRT is a combination of image guidance and radiation therapy. The image-guided therapy (IGT) allows the physicians to real-time track and analyze your tumor cells before starting the treatment. The intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) emits a highly focused beam that targets the tumour cells and protects the surrounding tissues from damage.
Rapid Arc is another image-guided therapy approach which produces precisely focused beams to target the cancerous cells. The best part about this newest technology is that it emits a three-dimensional radiation dose to cover the entire tumour from all angles.
FSRS is a minimally invasive and computer-aided radiation therapy procedure which is a mainstay in patients with brain cancer. This procedure is carried out simultaneously with neurosurgery. The computer-guided machine emits a highly concentrated dose of radiation with accurate precision. The radiations target only a specific area and protect the surrounding areas of the brain.
Brachytherapy or radioactive seed implantation is an important procedure for the cervix, uterine, head, neck, and early stages of prostate cancer. In this procedure, the physicians place a radioactive source in or near the tumour. This substance delivers a high dose of radiation directly to the tumour and protects the surrounding tissues from damage.
During the treatment procedure, there are high chances of your tumour moving around even though you are lying still. This is common in lung or abdomen cancer. This unnecessary movement of tumour cells makes it difficult to target the tumour and causes damage to the healthy tissues. To prevent this from happening, you need an advanced diagnostic setup to track the movement. This is achieved by 4D computed tomography. This 4D technology shows the motion of internal organs as you breathe. So, once the tumour is in the planned treatment field, the radiations are emitted. This helps in targeting the cancerous tissue correctly and effectively.
Our comprehensive biological image-guided treatment plan makes use of the latest imaging technology; positron emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). By combining these two, our doctors can understand the internal organs, study the stage of the tumour, and plan treatment with effective delivery of radiation dose.