Radiation therapy uses beams of energy and other substances to break up cancer cells. The Cancer Institute offers a broad range of treatment options, allowing us to deliver the personalized care you deserve.
Radiation therapy at Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute
At the Cancer Institute, you receive care from doctors (radiation oncologists) who specialize in using radiation therapy techniques to treat cancer. Our team also includes radiation therapists, specially trained nurses and other clinical experts who work together to help you receive safe, accurate care. Find out more about radiation therapy.
We are the only cancer center in the region participating in the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance. Our participation in clinical trials through the Alliance means you may be eligible to receive new forms of radiation therapy years before they are widely available. Read more about our membership in the MSK Cancer Alliance.
Types of radiation therapy we offer
Our offerings help you receive the treatments that meet your medical needs while helping you live a good quality of life. Your care may include:
We use Gamma Knife® Icon™ technology to deliver large doses of radiation with a high degree of accuracy. With Gamma Knife Icon, you may only need one treatment – as opposed to daily treatments over a period of weeks – so you can get back to your daily routine faster.
The Cancer Institute is also the first cancer center in the region offering the Varian Edge® radiosurgery system. This system delivers a high dose of radiation, allowing you to complete treatment in fewer, shorter visits.
We use the latest technologies, including Varian RapidArc®. Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) with RapidArc reduces the amount of time you need to hold still during treatment for a more comfortable experience.
You may be able to complete treatment in as little as two minutes compared to other methods that take up to 10 minutes.
We implant tiny seeds containing a radioactive substance into the cancer cells. We often use brachytherapy for cancer in sensitive areas, such as a man’s prostate or a woman’s cervix. Brachytherapy helps you feel more like your old self after treatment by limiting radiation exposure near healthy tissue.
Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) uses real-time, X-ray imaging to pinpoint the cancer tissue during radiation therapy. With IGRT, we re-focus the radiation beams as necessary to account for slight body movements, such as those that occur in the lungs during breathing.
Selective internal radiation therapy (SIRT) is a treatment approach for metastatic colorectal cancer and primary liver cancer. Y-90 resin microspheres are tiny radioactive “beads” used in SIRT, sometimes referred to as Y-90 radioembolization. SIRT treats stage IV colon cancer that has spread to the liver and can't be surgically removed.
Calypso behaves like GPS to pinpoint radiation beam accuracy during treatment, accounting for internal movement like breathing and digestion.