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Radiation Oncology Services
Radiation oncologists use various technologies to deliver precisely measured doses of radiation to defined tumor areas with minimal damage to surrounding healthy tissue. The goals of radiation therapy may be to eradicate tumors, relieve disease symptoms, prolong survival and improve quality of life. Advances are being made in the use of radiation therapy in the management of some benign diseases as well.
Loyola offers highly trained radiation oncology faculty and staff, the most advanced radiation treatment equipment and leading-edge cancer treatment programs. We offer the full spectrum of radiation modalities, including external beam radiation therapy, high-dose-rate and low-dose-rate brachytherapy, total body irradiation, unfractionated and fractionated stereotactic radiosurgery and intensity-modulated radiation therapy.
Loyola transitioned to three-dimensional treatment planning and conformal radiotherapy in 1997. Now most patients are treated with this technique, which precisely targets radiation to the shape of the tumor.
Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy
This treatment is an advanced mode of high-precision radiotherapy. Higher doses of radiation can be safely delivered to unusually shaped tumors.
Stereotactic Radiosurgery and Radiotherapy
This treatment is a highly precise and accurate method of delivering radiation to brain lesions. Loyola is first in the Midwest to use the Novalisâ stereotactic system, which is the most advanced in the world.
The radiation source is placed inside the tumor to deliver a high dose of radiation in only a few minutes. The procedure is performed in the operating room or on an outpatient basis.
Ultrasound-guided Transperineal Prostate Implant Program
Radioactive seeds are implanted in the prostate gland to control the growth of early-stage prostate tumors.
Ongoing research includes studies of combined chemo-radiotherapy for lymphoma and cancers of the lung, head and neck, breast and gastrointestinal system; dose escalation for various cancers using three-dimensional conformal radiation therapy; and prevention of dry mouth in patients with head and neck cancers.
Learn more about our ongoing clinical trials.