3D Conformal Radiation: Uses multiple fixed beams of constant shape to treat a region of the body while blocking out dose to surrounding tissues.
Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT): Using sophisticated computer-controlled movements of the treatment machine, a radiation dose is “painted” on a target within the body while minimizing dose to adjacent tissues. Multiple fixed positions of the treatment machine are used, and treatment times vary.
Volumetric-Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT/RapidArc): Similar in scope to IMRT treatments (see above) but the “painting” of the dose occurs as the machine is constantly rotating through one or more arcs around the body. This usually results in faster treatment times than a more traditional IMRT plan.
Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) / Stereotactic Ablative Body Radiotherapy (SABR): Used to deliver high doses of radiation precisely to targets within the body, usually in three to five treatment sessions. Most often used for lung, spine, prostate, isolated liver and adrenal tumors.
Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS): Typically a single very high dose of precisely aimed radiation to targets within the brain.
Electron Therapy: Used to treat superficial locations (eg: skin cancers, some breast cancers) by utilizing some of the physical properties of these particles.
Unsealed Sources: Via Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles, we also offer “unsealed source” therapy, such as Radium (aka “Xofigo”) for metastatic prostate cancer, and Samarium for bone pain relief from a wider range of metastatic tumors.