Radiation Oncology Treatment

The internationally recognized subspecialists at the OSUCCC – James believe the best way to treat patients and manage their disease successfully is to deliver the latest, most effective treatments available.

Because these renowned subspecialists understand that cancer is complex, they use the most effective means of treating patients through an expert team approach that reaches across medical disciplines (radiation oncologists, surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, molecular and biological pathologists, genetic scientists and more) to design the very best treatment plan and therapies to target each patient’s specific cancer — offering improved outcomes, faster responses and fewer side effects.

The OSUCCC – James team of experts also run groundbreaking studies, and, through detailed observations, evaluate the latest treatments and targeted therapies.

If you have been diagnosed with cancer and would like a second opinion, or if you would like to speak with a radiation oncology specialist, please call The James Line at 800-293-5066 or 614-293-5066 to make an appointment.

Treatment Options

The OSUCCC – James team of experts offers cancer patients the most advanced tumor-targeting technologies available.

The Varian TrueBeam Linear Accelerator

This new, state-of-the-art system combines real-time imaging, precision radiation delivery and sophisticated RapidArc technology to target tumors anywhere in the body, leading to increased patient safety.

OSUCCC – James experts using the TrueBeam Linear Accelerator can also deliver conventional radiation therapies, such as these:

External Beam Radiation Therapy

Delivers closely conformed beams of radiation to the tumor by means of a linear accelerator, or linac. This method is also known as conformal radiation therapy.

Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)

An escalated form of external beam radiation treatment that “paints” radiation around the tumor, allowing higher radiation doses than with conformal therapy. This method has become a popular choice in treating head, neck and prostate cancer, and it is expanding to the treatment of many other tumors as well.

Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT)

An image-guided radiation therapy that allows higher dose delivery to select body sites but with fewer treatments. It is particularly effective for inoperable early-stage lung cancer, liver tumors, spinal tumors and other cancers. The OSUCCC – James experts have published multiple scientific articles about SBRT advantages, and they have contributed to the only textbook dedicated to using SBRT to treat spinal tumors.

Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)

Combines the radiation delivery method of IMRT with precise computerized tomography (CT) imaging technology to allow higher doses to be targeted at the tumor.

Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) and Fractionated Stereotactic Radiotherapy (FSRT)

A large, single dose of radiation is delivered directly to a tumor target. When used with the linac-based system, this method can also be performed on larger tumors for multiple treatments, known as FSRT.

Brachytherapy, Image-Guided Brachytherapy 

Radioactive sources are placed within or around a tumor using special applicators. These sources may remain in the tumor region temporarily (temporary brachytherapy implant) or permanently (permanent brachytherapy implant).  

Temporary brachytherapy implants can usually be inserted as an outpatient procedure, and are often used for high-dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy procedures. When low-dose-rate (LDR) brachytherapy procedures are performed, hospital admission is usually required.

Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT)

Some patients have tumors closely positioned next to normal tissues. Currently, the most frequently used way to protect the normal tissues from radiation is to deliver radiation during surgery, when these normal tissues can be temporarily moved aside. The OSUCCC – James, however, is one of only a few centers in the country offering an alternative known as intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT). There are two options, depending on a patient’s unique needs: electron beam IORT, conducted with a dedicated linac in the operating room, and intraoperative high-dose-rate brachytherapy, delivered during surgery to the operative tumor bed.

If you have been diagnosed with cancer and would like a second opinion, or if you would like to speak with a radiation oncology specialist, please call The James Line at 800-293-5066 or 614-293-5066 to make an appointment.

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