Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine.
Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

Radiation Oncology

Radiation Oncology Procedures Methodist Cancer Center at West Houston provides a wide range of technologies and expertise in delivering radiation treatments for cancer. Oncologists, surgeons, and radiation oncologists collaborate to select the best treatment plan for each patient using the latest radiation therapy technologies:

Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) – The most advanced radiation available to destroy cancer cells without damaging normal tissue. IMRT has opened new doors for patients who may not have been candidates for radiation because their tumors were located near vital organs.

Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) – A technique designed to deliver higher doses of radiation therapy to tumors anywhere in the body with pinpoint accuracy. Patients also benefit from the reduced time required for a course of SBRT treatments and the reduced side effects.

RapidArc – A new approach to delivering high dose radiation to tumors two to eight times faster than conventional methods. RapidArc has several important advantages for patients including faster treatments, increased treatment accuracy (sub–millimeter accuracy), and higher doses of modulated radiation delivered from multiple angles.

Stereotatic Radiosurgery (SRS) – A treatment for brain disorders using the precise delivery of a single, high dose of radiation in a one-day session. Focused radiation beams are delivered to a specific area of the brain.

Image–Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) – One of the most cutting–edge innovations in fighting cancer, this method combines imaging and treatment capabilities on a single machine. Because tumors can move, IGRT allows your doctors to see and track the tumor at the time of treatment, and to make very fine adjustments to the patient's position so as to greatly increase the precision and accuracy of radiation therapy treatments.