Radiation oncology in Denver
The providers within the HealthONE Physician Group network are focused on providing collaborative patient-centered cancer care using the most advanced therapies available. Our radiation oncologists have extensive academic and clinical radiation oncology expertise. We work with each other to develop a personalized care plan and communicate every step of the treatment journey.
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Our radiation therapy services
Our advanced cancer care therapies can often place radiation treatment directly to the site of the tumor — delivering the most effective radiation dose while sparing normal, healthy tissue.
Our radiation oncologists use many types of radiation therapy to treat our patients' conditions. We offer the latest treatment options, including:
- Deep inspiration breath-holding technique — This specific technique is designed to minimize the exposure of radiation to your heart. During treatment, patients take a deep breath in, allowing the lungs to fill with air and move the heart away from the chest. This is commonly used in conditions like left-sided breast cancer, lymphoma/tumors in the chest and tumors in the upper abdomen.
- External beam radiation therapy — External radiation is the most common type of radiation therapy used for cancer treatment. Usually performed during outpatient visits at a hospital or treatment center, you can get external radiation therapy over many weeks. During this type of treatment, a machine aims high-energy rays from outside the body into the tumor.
- High dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy — HDR brachytherapy is a type of internal radiotherapy involving the insertion of thin tubes into the prostate gland. Once inside, a source of radiation is passed through the tubes into the prostate to destroy cancer cells. After, the source of radiation is removed, leaving none in the body.
- Image-guided radiation therapy — This form of external radiation treatment allows your radiation oncologist to adjust your position or re-focus the radiation as needed to ensure the beams are focused on the tumor and exposure to healthy tissue is limited.
- Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) — IMRT allows for stronger beams of radiation to get to certain parts of a tumor while lessening damage to nearby healthy tissue. This is done using advanced computer programs that calculate and deliver the radiation at various angles to cancer cells.
- Intraoperative radiation therapy — A type of radiation given directly to the tumor during surgery, this treatment is used if tumors cannot be removed completely or have a risk of returning. During this procedure, a surgeon moves your healthy, normal tissue away from the tumor and uses special shields to protect them.
- Respiratory gating — Respiratory gating is a process involving the usage of advanced software to guide radiation delivery as a patient breathes.
- Stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) — SBRT is commonly used to treat smaller tumors. Your doctor may opt for this treatment if your tumor has spread or metastasized. Many prostate cancer, lung cancer and kidney cancer cases are treated with this method.
- Stereotactic radiosurgery — During this procedure, a large amount of radiation is given to a small tumor area in one session. This is commonly used for brain tumors and other tumors inside of the head. While technically this is not surgery, it is referenced as such because it is so exact in where radiation is delivered, almost how surgery can be.