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Complex Conformal Radiation Therapy Techniques

Radiation therapy has made dramatic progress in recent years through major advances in computer technology and diagnostic procedures. Today, radiation therapy is administered in a targeted and safe way by means of the routine use of computer tomography for radiation planning (3-D planning).

“Percutaneous radiation therapy” is administered from the outside (percutaneous = through the skin). For this purpose, the therapists employ a linear accelerator, which emits therapeutic doses of X-radiation. Preparations for a precisely targeted radiation treatment take about two weeks. The radiation therapy is administered on weekdays and typically lasts from 5 to 7 weeks.

The first step is the simulation. This is conducted using special trans-illumination apparatus and serves to measure and determine the position. The area for the subsequent planning computer tomography is determined, and important initial markings are drawn on the skin. From this time forward, it is important not to wash off the marks while bathing. After preparation of the planning computer tomogram, a radiation plan is drawn up by a physician and a medical physicist. This radiation plan is individually designed for each patient. Organs such as the lungs, bladder, and intestine are screened from the radiation through layering (“multi-leaf technique”). The dose is centred on the desired regions and distributed equally (conformal radiation therapy). A few days later, simulation of the now developed radiation plan takes place. The radiation plan is tested for its precise fit using a trans-illumination device (therapy simulator) and projected on the skin. Now the treatment can begin.

At each therapy session, the radiation lasts two to five minutes and is administered by specially trained medical-technology assistants. During therapy, one hears only the sounds of the radiation apparatus, because humans cannot physically perceive medical X-rays. Should you have discomfort of any kind in the course of the therapy, there is a physician available for consultation at all times. Modifications are possible during a radiation therapy series and new planning sessions are commonly required. The treatment is often further optimised and adjusted. Upon completion of the treatment, there will be a final meeting and general examination.

  • Intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT)
  • Brachytherapy for prostate cancer
  • Simultaneous radiation and chemotherapy
  • Afterloading radiation