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  • Radiation Therapy

  • Five revolutions in the evolution of cancer treatment. All in one place.

    Five of the world's most advanced treatments for cancer are available right here at The Comprehensive Cancer Center at Rhode Island Hospital. The Trilogy Stereotactic System, gamma knife, radiofrequency ablation, CyberKnife and electronic brachytherapy offer patients powerful, effective eradication of tumors in less time and with fewer side effects than traditional cancer treatments.

    • Trilogy Stereotactic System: Trilogy can deliver all forms of external beam radiation, and enables physicians to pinpoint cancer in the head, neck and body. Trilogy shapes radiation beams to match the shape of the targeted tumor, allows physicians to track the tumor during treatment, and automatically makes adjustments for movements, so patients can breathe normally while undergoing treatment.
    • Gamma Knife: The gamma knife is a precise and powerful tool for treating certain tumors and vascular malformations in the brain, effectively and without surgery. It delivers a single, high dose of gamma radiation, which affects the diseased tissue while sparing nearby normal tissue.
    • Radiofrequency Ablation: Radiofrequency ablation destroys tumors using heat, with minimal trauma to adjacent tissues. The procedure can be performed with intravenous sedation on an outpatient basis, and the risks of infection or blood loss are much lower than with conventional surgery. Dead tumor cells are eliminated through the body's natural healing process.
    • CyberKnife: CyberKnife robotic radiosurgery can be used to treat benign and malignant tumors by delivering beams of high-dose radiation with extreme accuracy. The procedure is painless and causes very few side effects.
    • Electronic Brachytherapy: The Axxent electronic brachytherapy system is used to treat early stage breast cancer and endometrial cancer using a miniaturized linear accelerator to deliver a radiation-emitting seed the size of a grain of rice directly to the tumor site in order to help reduce recurrence of the disease.
      Read more about brachytherapy for breast cancer
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    For more information about radiation therapy,call 401-444-8311.