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Radiation Therapy & Radiosurgery

When you're in need of cancer radiation therapy in Milwaukee or Southeast Wisconsin, you can count on Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare for compassionate care using the same advanced technology found in academic medical centers. Trust our radiation oncologists to create a treatment plan that accurately and effectively targets cancer cells while minimizing damage to healthy tissue.

Types of Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy destroys or damages cancer cells using high-energy particles or waves. It may be used alone or in combination with other cancer treatments. Your care team will recommend the type—or types—of cancer radiation treatment that's best for you.

External-Beam Radiation Therapy

With external-beam radiation therapy, you receive painless, targeted treatments from a machine located outside your body. You won't feel anything touching your body. Depending on your needs, a cancer radiation treatment plan may incorporate:

  • Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) – Uses imaging technology to precisely pinpoint tumors and avoid healthy tissue
  • Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) – Allows continuous adjustment of the strength or intensity of radiation to minimize exposure to healthy tissue
    • Volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) – Shortens treatment time by up to 50 percent by delivering highly-targeted radiation while the machine rotates around you
  • 3D conformal radiotherapy – Shapes radiation beams to match the contours of your tumor
  • Stereotactic radiation therapy – Acts as an alternative to surgery, delivering an extremely precise, highly concentrated dose of radiation to a small tumor in 1 to 3 treatments

Internal Radiation Therapy (Brachytherapy)

With internal radiation therapy, or brachytherapy, your radiation oncologist places a radiation source directly into or near the area of your body that needs treatment. That means you get a higher dose of radiation to a smaller area over a shorter period of time. Depending on your condition, a cancer radiation therapy plan may include:

  • High-dose rate brachytherapy (HDR) – Radioactive implants stay in place for only a few minutes at a time; this may require you to visit the Cancer Care center daily for your treatments
  • Low-dose rate brachytherapy (LDR) – Radioactive “seeds” are permanently implanted; in some case, permanent "sees" may give off radiation for several weeks or months and then become inactive

Advanced Technology

Take advantage of advanced technology that makes you more comfortable, shortens your treatment time, and targets cancer cells with precision and accuracy. At Wheaton Franciscan Cancer Care, your radiation oncologists have access to:

  • Truebeam™ and Trilogy® – Offers built-in imaging capabilities, extremely powerful, focused radiation, and faster treatment times; operates quietly and has a built-in music player
  • Real-Time Position Management™ (RPM) Gating System – Monitors and detects motion, adjusting the radiation beam as needed, so you can breathe normally during treatment
  • PerfectPitch 6 degrees of freedom couch – Allows additional movement of radiation table to allow for more precise alignment during treatment
  • Optical Surface Monitoring System (OSMS) – Provides better ability to view the skin surface so should you move out of position during treatment, the beam will automatically stop until you are back in position

A Target on Cancer

Advanced technology at Wheaton Franciscan Cancer Care meant shorter, more comfortable radiation treatments for Mark Rodziczok. Read his story in Milwaukee Magazine.

To find out which technology is available at the Cancer Care center closest to you, ask your care team or contact individual locations.

What to Expect

After you and your Cancer Care team decide to include radiation therapy in your treatment plan, you'll have a simulation or planning session. Using imaging technology, your team will map and mark the exact location of your tumor.

  • Big Bore – Allows us to more easily scan larger patients
  • Wide Field of View – Increases the imaging area during a CT scan
  • Metal Artifact Reducation (iMAR) – Reduces artifact on CT images caused by metal implants (hip prostheses, pacemakers, etc.), allowing us to view more tissue and produce more accurate treatment plans

Then, your team creates a customized treatment plan. With most external-beam radiation therapy, you can expect short daily treatments Monday through Friday for three to nine weeks.

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