The same doctors you see in our clinics are nationally recognized for their research and advancement in radiation therapies and technologies.
We are proud of our leadership in many areas:
- We were the first institution in Minnesota to implement intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), which is now the standard of care.
- Our team is active in advancing high-dose rate brachytherapy to treat difficult internal tumors, like cervical cancer.
- Using stereotactic body radiation therapy to treat early cases of lung cancer, prostate and liver cancer when surgery is not an option.
- Leadership in refining and modifying total body irradiation to help prepare patients for blood and marrow transplantation.
What is radiation therapy?
Radiation therapy uses high-energy rays to shrink tumors, kill cancer cells and treat other non-cancerous conditions. M Health Cancer Care radiation therapy experts use several types of radiation therapy, using the approach to limit radiation exposure as much as possible while still delivering the optimal outcomes for patients.
Radiation therapy is recommended at different times throughout your cancer treatment, for different reasons, including:
- Primary treatment: Radiation may be the only therapy recommended to treat your cancer
- Before surgery: To help shrink the tumor before surgery.
- After surgery: To limit the growth of any remaining cancer cells (often in conjunction with chemotherapy)
- With chemotherapy and surgery: Radiation therapy is often part of standard cancer treatment plans to stop the growth and spread of cancer in your body.
- Palliative care: To reduce symptoms and side effects for patients with advanced cancer.