Anchorage and Valley Radiation Therapy Centers offer the full range of the newest, most advanced radiation therapy technologies. This allows your radiation therapy team to develop and carry out the most effective treatment plan possible. We like to view ourselves as the Pioneers of Radiation Therapy, because we have been treating in Alaska for nearly 24 years, and our clinics feature the most current, advanced radiation treatment options.
So what exactly is radiation therapy? Radiation therapy is one of the most common treatments for cancer. It uses special equipment to aim high doses of radiation at cancer cells. This damages the cancer cells and causes them to die.
Radiation therapy is a highly effective method of treating different cancer types including: breast, lung, gynecological, head and neck, prostate and many more.
Radiation therapy can be given alone or used with other treatments, such as surgery or chemotherapy. It is typically a focused treatment and targets only the part of the body being treated.
The goal of radiation treatment is to damage as many cancer cells as possible, without damaging nearby healthy tissue.
Depending on the type of radiation therapy technology used, patients may receive treatment in a single session or through a series of visits over a period that can last anywhere from one to eight weeks.
Some of our most well-known radiation therapy technologies include:
Elekta Infinity™ a state-of-the-art radiation machine to allow physicians to target therapy more effectively and reduce patient session time. Available in Anchorage and Valley locations.
Leksell Gamma Knife® Perfexion™ - Brain Stereotactic Radiosurgery System is a non-invasive method for treatingbrain disorders. It is the delivery of a single, high dose of irradiation to a smalland critically located intra-cranial volume through the intact skull. It is preferred for its extreme accuracy, efficiency and outstanding therapeutic response. Today, Gamma Knife surgery is performed in hundreds of leading hospitals and clinics around the world. Around 70,000 patients undergo Gamma Knife surgery every year, and this unique procedure has an impressive scientific track record with thousands of peer-reviewed articles. No other non-invasive treatment method in this field has greater clinical acceptance. Click here to access a general patient brochure [pdf} detailing Gamma Knife treatment. Or visit the Elekta website.
Our newest upgrade to the Leksell Gamma Knife® Icon™ means we can offer the most precise radiosurgery device on the market, limiting radiation dose to healthy tissue. Icon is the only technology with microradiosurgery capabilities, allowing for the treatment of virtually any target in the brain with ultrahigh precision.It also makes it possible to treat patients without a minimally invasive fixation of a head frame while assuring the same highest level of precision.
We are happy to offer Active Breathing Coordinator for the treatment of left-sided breast cancer. This system is highly effective in removing the risk of radiation dosing of healthy heart tissue.
Coming to both Anchorage and the Valley soon High Dose Rate (HDR) treatment.