Radiation therapy (also called radiotherapy) is a medical treatment that utilises high-energy radiation, such as x-rays, gamma rays, and protons, to destroy cancer cells and shrink or remove tumors. It is a common form of cancer treatment that aims to relieve symptoms, prevent cancer from spreading to other parts of the body, and eliminate or reduce the size of the tumor.
External Beam Radiation Therapy (EBRT) is a form of cancer treatment that uses high-energy X-rays or other types of radiation to eradicate cancer cells in the body. This treatment is administered from outside the body, using a machine known as a linear accelerator, which focuses the radiation on the cancerous area.
External Beam Radiation Therapy (EBRT) employs powerful ionising radiation to eradicate cancerous cells. Each EBRT treatment plan is customised to meet the specific needs of the patient, and designed to deliver the maximum radiation dose to the tumor while minimising radiation exposure to the surrounding healthy tissues. This personalised approach ensures that the treatment is both effective and safe for the patient.
At Island Hospital, we employ optical surface-guidance and kV image-guidance for all radiation treatments administered to our patients, ensuring each treatment is highly accurate and precise. Our EBRT services are backed by a team of well-trained healthcare professionals, including Clinical and Radiation Oncologists, Radiation Therapists, Medical Physicists, and Nurses.
It is important to note that not all patients are suitable for EBRT, and certain medical conditions or poor overall health may contraindicate its use. To determine if this treatment is right for you, it is important to consult with our doctors who will consider all relevant factors and make a recommendation based on what is best for your health.
Island Hospital’s Radiotherapy Department boasts the cutting-edge TrueBeam® Radiotherapy System with HyperArc technology.
This state-of-the-art advanced EBRT technology delivers precise and targeted cancer treatment. It is a system that includes innovative techniques such as 3-Dimensional Conformal Radiotherapy (3DCRT), Volumetric-Modulated Arc-Radiotherapy (VMAT), and high-precision treatments such as Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT) and Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS).
Simply putting it, this advanced system offers patients a more efficient, precise, and comfortable radiation therapy experience, with fewer side effects and better outcomes.
Radiotherapy is a widely utilised cancer treatment method that uses high-energy radiation to destroy cancer cells. Radiotherapy can be used after surgery, concurrently with other cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, biologic, immunotherapy or alone.
Radiotherapy has been proven to effectively treat a broad range of cancer types, including:
In addition to treating cancer, radiotherapy can also be utilised to alleviate symptoms caused by the disease such as pain, bleeding, or tumor compressive effects. In certain cases, it can even be used to treat benign conditions, like schwannoma, meningioma, trigeminal neuralgia, or keloids. The specific conditions that can be treated with radiotherapy will depend on various factors, including the type, stage, and location of the disease.
This list is not exhaustive and there are many other conditions that can be treated with radiotherapy. It is important to consult with our doctors to determine if radiotherapy is an appropriate treatment option for your condition.
Advantages of the TrueBeam® Radiotherapy System with HyperArc Technology for Cancer Treatment
The TrueBeam® Radiotherapy System with HyperArc technology provides numerous advantages compared to conventional radiotherapy systems, making it a cutting-edge tool for cancer treatment. Some of these benefits include:
Flexible treatment options
Clinicians are allowed to tailor the treatment to patients’ specific needs, which leads to better outcomes, increased effectiveness, and decreased side effects. The variety of techniques available, such as HyperArc and RapidArc, mean that even the most complex cancer cases can be treated with precision.
Advanced Imaging Technologies
Clinicians are able to visualise the tumor more accurately, enabling them to deliver radiation to the tumor with greater precision while minimising damage to surrounding healthy tissues.
High Precision Dosage Control
Helps to ensure the accurate delivery of radiation, which is crucial in the successful treatment of cancer. Sub-millimetre accuracy means that the patient receives the correct dose of radiation in the precise location where it is needed.
Shorter Therapy Sessions, Increased Accuracy
Streamlined treatments, enabled by the Maestro synchronous control system, reduce the amount of time patients need to spend in treatment and increase the accuracy of the treatment.
Safe and Reliable
The built-in safety features of the system ensure that the patient’s safety is paramount, allowing clinicians to navigate the complexities of cancer care with confidence. This, in turn, can lead to better treatment outcomes, improved patient experiences, and increased overall patient satisfaction.
The TrueBeam® Radiotherapy System offers a tattoo-free treatment, whereby in traditional radiation therapy, small tattoos are often used to mark the area where the radiation beams need to be directed. However, the TrueBeam® Radiotherapy System uses advanced imaging technology to locate the tumor and guide the delivery of the radiation beams without the need for tattoos.
The combination of these benefits makes the TrueBeam® Radiotherapy System with HyperArc technology a highly advanced and effective solution for cancer treatment.