Cancer Type and Treatment
The Austin Center for Radiation Oncology (ACFRO) provides some of the most cutting-edge therapy alternatives for patients who have been diagnosed with various types of cancers: Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) and sophisticated electron beam radiation therapy. These therapies are not widely available at other outpatient treatment facilities.
IMRT uses state-of-the-art technology to deliver more intense external radiation directly to tumors while sparing nearby healthy tissue. IGRT harnesses powerful computer technology to combine tumor imaging and treatment on a single machine that allows physicians to view and track tumors during therapy. Because tumors can move, high resolution, 3-D images enable physicians to pinpoint tumor sites, fine-tune patient positioning, better compensate for motion and breathing, and complete treatment with greater accuracy. For patients for whom IMRT/IGRT is not an option, we also provide standard high-dose radiation therapy.
For skin cancer, electron beam radiation therapy uses similar technology with tiny, electrically charged particles to target cancer cells on the surface of the body. The level of precision these therapies provide also allows for higher doses of radiation with less risk to surrounding tissue, increasing the likelihood of controlling or eliminating the cancer.
ACFRO’s patients are provided with the most advanced treatment in a comfortable, personal setting. Our facilities are staffed by radiation oncologists, dosimetrists, technicians and other medical professionals who bring a blend of expertise in cancer care methodologies to each patient care experience. They will work closely with your physician to determine the best method of treatment for you.