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Cancer Treatments

Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy destroys cancer cells with high-energy waves you can’t see or feel. At Mount Auburn Hospital, you benefit from an experienced team that includes nationally recognized leaders in radiation oncology. Trust us to help you achieve the best possible outcome of treatment.

Accredited Radiation Therapy

The Mount Auburn Radiation Oncology Department is accredited by the American College of Radiology/American Society for Radiation Oncology. That means you benefit from:

  • A personalized treatment plan
  • Radiation oncologists (cancer doctors) who continually assess your progress and communicate with other providers to help ensure you get the right care at the right time
  • Strict measures to ensure your safety before and during radiation therapy
  • Education on the risks and benefits of your treatment options, so you can make informed choices

Types of Radiation Therapy

Your doctor will recommend the type of radiation therapy that’s best for your condition.

External Radiation

External beam radiation uses a machine called a linear accelerator to send X-rays from outside your body into the tumor. Take advantage of:

  • Image guided radiation therapy (IGRT) – Uses high-quality, 3-D images to pinpoint tumor sites and adjust for tumors that move
  • Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) – Conforms to a tumor’s shape to minimize radiation exposure to healthy tissue
  • Stereotactic radiotherapy – Uses tightly focused radiation beams instead of surgery to eliminate tumors

To treat breast cancer, radiation specialists use a device called a collimator to minimize radiation to your heart and lungs. At Mount Auburn Hospital, you may be able to complete external radiation therapy in three weeks instead of the conventional six weeks, so you can return to your daily routine sooner.

Before you receive external beam radiation for prostate cancer, your doctor may place tiny gold seeds near your prostate to help the organ show up on an X-ray. The X-ray images help your cancer care team precisely target radiation to your tumor and limit exposure to healthy tissue.

Internal Radiation (Brachytherapy)

Internal radiation, or brachytherapy, places small radioactive pellets or seeds into or near your tumor. The pellets may stay in place for a few minutes to a few days. Some types of seeds remain in your body permanently, but stop giving off radiation after several weeks.

Systemic Radiation

During systemic radiation, you receive injections or pills containing radioactive substances that attach to and kill cancer cells in your body.

Electron Beam Therapy

Low-energy electron beams can treat skin cancer or tumors close to the skin while sparing deeper tissue from radiation.

Contact Us

To learn more about cancer care at Mount Auburn Hospital, or to make an appointment, call 617-497-9646.

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