Radiation Therapy for Cancer Treatment

Minnesota Oncology offers patients a wide range of advanced radiation treatment services at our Maplewood Cancer Center and St. Paul Cancer Center. Our state-of-the-art external beam radiation equipment allows us to precisely target tumors with just the right dose in each session. This spares healthy surrounding tissue – maximizing results while minimizing side effects. We also offer brachytherapy treatments for some types of cancer to get the radiation closer to the tumor. The right options for each patient are chosen based on the type, location and size of the cancer.

Treatment with radiation is provided by our team of radiation oncologists, radiation therapists, dosimetrists and physicists. They work closely with the medical oncologists, surgeons and specialists from other disciplines to provide the best, most comprehensive cancer care possible.

Benefits of Radiation Therapy at Minnesota Oncology

  • Provide customized treatment with precise radiation doses
  • Lessen harm to surrounding tissue and normal cells
  • Reduced treatment times which leads to less discomfort
  • Minimize side effects

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Types of Radiation Therapy 

External Radiation

External beam radiation therapy comes from a machine that aims radiation at your cancer. It is a local treatment, which means it treats a specific part of your body. 

Internal Radiation

Internal radiation is also called brachytherapy. A radioactive implant is put inside the body in or near the tumor which allows a higher dose of radiation in a smaller area. Brachytherapy can also be referred to as high-dose or low-dose depending on how it's used.

Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer

Radiation therapy is often a primary treatment type for men with prostate cancer. High-dose Rate (HDR) Brachytherapy delivers radiation directly inside the prostate. External beam radiation therapy may also be used to treat cancer from outside of the body. If you have been diagnosed with prostate cancer it's a good idea to talk to an oncologist about the right timing and types of treatments. 

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Technologies Used in Radiation Therapy

TrueBeam Linear Accelerator

TrueBeam from Varian Medical Systems is an advanced radiotherapy system that opens up treatment options for some of the most complex cancers in areas such as the head and neck, lung, breast, abdomen and liver. This advanced system allows for the treatment beam to directly target a tumor from multiple angles while minimizing exposure of surrounding healthy tissues.

Imaging Technology

One of the ways the Minnesota Oncology radiation oncologists are able to provide such precise treatments is through the use of imaging technology to guide their treatment plan and delivery. IGRT, or Image-Guide Radiation Therapy, is one of these technologies that improves the outcomes for our patients. 

Find a Radiation Oncologist

With 12 locations throughout the Twin Cities, an experienced radiation oncologist is easily accessible from every corner of our region. Our team will not only recommend the right cancer treatment for you, but we will also offer the support you and your loved ones need right now.

We will schedule your first appointment within 48 hours. Get the answers you need. Schedule an appointment now.