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What Types of Radiation Therapy are Available in Los Angeles to Treat My Cancer?

By: Golden State Cancer Centers on June 4, 2016

Only an expert radiation oncologist can determine the radiation therapy that’s right for you. The experienced, and highly specialized radiation oncologists at Golden State Cancer Centers can recommend the most effective radiation therapy for your case only after accounting for a few key factors, including: the type of cancer you have, how far the cancer has progressed (the stage of the cancer), as well as your personal medical history, overall wellness, and other important factors. 
However, if you’re exploring radiation oncology therapy options in the San Fernando Valley area, it’s helpful to be aware of some of the radiation treatments available to cancer sufferers.
Here are some of the most common forms of radiation therapy utilized to treat various cancers in the greater Los Angeles area:
·         IMRT – Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy
This sophisticated type of beam radiation therapy employs a high-tech, computer-controlled device called a “linear accelerator,” in order to target cancerous tissue. Using this method, our expert radiation oncologists are afforded a three-dimensional visualization of the cancerous tumor, which in turn allows for incredible accuracy and control. Using IMRT, top  Los Angeles and Ventura County radiation oncologists are able to precisely target cancerous tissue, without exposing healthy tissue to radiation treatment.
·         IGRT – Image Guided Radiation Therapy
Also utilizing a linear accelerator, IGRT provides cutting edge imaging technology, offering 3-D, real-time, high resolution images of the cancerous tissue or tumor. Even while patients are mid-procedure, IGRT allows Golden State Cancer Centers’ radiation oncologists unmatched precision in the treatment target area, as well as limiting risk to the patient.
·         SBRT – Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy
This form of radiation therapy allows for radiation oncologists to account for mid-procedure patient movement and position shifts. With the level of detail and control provided through stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), Golden State Cancer Centers’ expert radiation oncologists are afforded incredible accuracy, which means better results and fewer associated risks to the patient.
·         EBRT – Electron Beam Radiation Therapy
EBRT is used foremost to treat various types of skin cancer. Harnessing the power of miniscule electrically charged particles, electron beam radiation therapy (EBRT) targets cancer cells present on the body’s surface. Because of the precision possible using this type of radiation therapy, treatment can be administered at higher levels, in turn delivering superior results without compromising any healthy surrounding tissue.
Whatever radiation therapy options you’re exploring in the greater Los Angeles region, the highly specialized radiation oncologists at Golden State Cancer Centers have the knowledge and experience necessary to determine the best course of radiation therapy to most effectively treat your cancer. In order to determine the radiation therapy treatment ideal to your specific case, be sure to consult with a reputable, radiation oncologist who can accurately assess your unique requirements and personally guide you through the radiation treatment process.
Golden State Cancer Centers is committed to bringing advanced cancer treatment options and
quality care to Southern Californians diagnosed with a variety of cancers. By combining our breakthrough cancer treatment technologies with our passion and commitment to patient comfort and care, we aim to provide sophisticated, custom tailored cancer treatment programs to patients throughout the Los Angeles and Ventura County areas.  Contact us online or by calling 818-449- 2700 today.