Radiotherapy, or radiation therapy, is the use of a targeted high dose of radiation directly into a tumour within the patient’s body to shrink and destroy the tumour. These complex procedures are monitored carefully at Beacon Hospital, by the most experienced staff.
Beacon Hospital is Ireland’s largest private Radiotherapy Centre and frequently treats both private and public patients on our two radiotherapy machines, the Linear Accelerator and the Varian EDGE. The Varian Edge is Ireland’s most advanced radiotherapy machine.
We were the first radiotherapy centre in Ireland to offer radiotherapy for tumours other than those located in the brain. Our expert team carry out radiotherapy treatments daily for tumours located in the brain, spine, lungs and any other areas of the body which may be difficult to access via surgery.
Unlike Chemotherapy, Radiotherapy is targeted only at the cancerous cells, therefore damages a minimal number of healthy cells. As a result, side-effects tend to be milder and more localised than those of chemotherapy.
Treatments can take as little as 15 minutes and the patient does not see or feel anything. Patients may hear a slight humming noise from the machine while treatment is administered.
Post-treatment, many patients are able to quickly return to their normal routines.
We carry out many different types of Radiotherapy including:
3D Conformal Radiation Therapy (CRT)
Three dimensional (3-D) Conformal Radiation Therapy (CRT) is a technique where the beams of radiation used in treatment are shaped to match the tumour.
Internal radiation therapy, also called brachytherapy or seed implantation, is a type of radiation therapy in which radioactive materials are placed, temporarily or permanently, inside the affected area. This form of therapy delivers a high dose of radiation directly to the cancerous area. The materials, called “seeds,” slowly release radiation over several months. Within one year, their radiation completely decays. The seeds can remain in place for the rest of a person’s life.
Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)
In addition to IMRT, Beacon Cancer Centre has the capability to provide Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT). Due to normal body movements such as breathing, tumours can move, both during a radiation treatment session and also between sessions.
Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy, IIMRT
IMRT is a state-of-the-art treatment that gives the ability to “sculpt” the edges of a tumour, minimizing the damage to adjacent healthy tissue, even more than the 3DCRT technique.
Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS), Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT)
Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) is one of the most precise and effective forms of radiation therapy. Beacon Cancer Centre is currently the only centre in Ireland that offers extra cranial (outside head) Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SBRT) in Ireland. To perform this type of radiotherapy, our Trilogy TX Linear Accelerator is used.