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.
Extracranial Radiosurgery Programme
Our SBRT programme has been operational since 2008. Beacon Hospital is the only cancer centre in Ireland able to deliver this treatment, using the Trilogy TX linear accelerator.
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.
Clinical trials are studies which evaluate new cancer treatments and ways to detect cancer. Clinical trials find better ways to treat cancer and help cancer patients, and play a key role in the progress against cancer.
Hormone therapy is used against certain cancers that depend on hormones for their growth. Hormone therapy keeps cancer cells from getting or using the hormones they need. This treatment may include the use of drugs that stop the production of certain hormones or that change the way they work.