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A Full Range of Radiation Therapies at Scripps

Scripps Health provides a wide range of radiation therapy options to develop the most effective treatment plan for you, including:

Electron beam therapy
Electron beams can irradiate superficial tumors, such as skin cancers or tumors near the surface of the body.

Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
IMRT is an advanced form of 3-D conformal radiotherapy that allows the team to specify the dose of radiation for the tumor while restricting the dose to surrounding tissues. IMRT is used most often to treat prostate, head and neck, and other tumors near critical organs and tissues that are free of cancer.

Proton therapy
This leading-edge treatment uses a controlled beam of protons to target and destroy tumors with precision, limiting damage to surrounding healthy tissues.

Radiosurgery
Gamma Knife radiosurgery is a type of radiation therapy used to treat malignant and benign tumors. It has been shown to be beneficial for the treatment of some noncancerous conditions, including functional disorders such as arteriovenous malformation (AVMs) and trigeminal neuralgia.

Stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT)/ stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR)
Stereotactic body radiotherapy or stereotactic ablative radiotherapy can be used to treat tumors in almost any part of the body, including the lung, spine and prostate. Multiple radiation treatments (typically two to five) are delivered to a precisely defined area.

Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS)
Stereotactic radiosurgery delivers a single high dose of radiation to an extremely precise area, minimizing the dosage to normal tissue. It is used to treat lesions and tumors in the brain. Using precise positioning in 3-D, SRS can be delivered via a Linac (linear accelerator)-based system or via a device called Gamma Knife.

Three-dimensional (3-D) conformal radiotherapy
This sophisticated technology allows the treatment team to visualize a patient’s anatomy in three dimensions through the use of computer software. This helps us match the radiation dose to the shape of the tumor while minimizing the exposure of surrounding healthy tissues and organs.

Total body irradiation (TBI)
This technique treats the whole body with radiation. Used to suppress the immune system in order to reduce the risk of transplant rejection, it is an essential component of bone marrow or stem cell transplant for leukemia, as well as some lymphomas.

Vascular brachytherapy
Vascular brachytherapy delivers a single dose of radiation directly inside the target area of a coronary artery after balloon angioplasty. The technique is used to prevent restenosis.