Cancer cells have the ability to grow, multiply and spread quickly, it
is important to find the right therapy to slow, then destroy, these cells.
Radiation therapy uses high-energy rays to kill or shrink cancer cells
and reduce their growth rate. When cancer is localized in one part of
the body, such as a tumor, radiation therapy is often the best choice
because it delivers ionizing radiation directly and precisely into the
cancerous cells without harming other, healthy cells.
There are various types of radiation therapies and many treatment outcomes.
Radiation can be used to reduce the size of the tumor and to provide relief
from painful malignancies. Your oncologist may also prescribe radiation
after surgery to remove a malignancy in an effort to prevent cancer from
recurring or use radiation treatments in combination with other types
Once our oncologists have fully considered your particular cancer and determined
that radiation therapy is the best option for you, your doctor will sit
with you and explain what we hope to accomplish by having you undergo
treatment. We encourage you to ask questions during this time so that
you know what to expect during and after your treatment.
At Big Horn Basin Regional Cancer Center, we are committed to ensuring
that you have access to the latest cancer-fighting technologies without
ever having to leave the Basin.
We offer the most technologically advanced linear accelerator, the
Elekta Infinity, available in Northern Wyoming. Linear accelerators deliver external beam
radiation to any part or organ of the body; the high-energy x-rays destroy
the cancer cells while sparing the surrounding normal tissue.
Using the Elekta system, our clinicians are able to “shrinkwrap”
the treatment around your tumor by manipulating the location, strength,
direction, and speed of the x-ray beams. They also use two and three-dimensional
imaging to deliver these beams directly to the tumor’s precise location
within your body.
This technology now provides more targeted, less invasive procedures –
meaning your treatment sessions are shorter and more effective than ever
before. Compared to similar treatments requiring 30 to 90 minutes, the
Elekta requires just five to 20 minutes. It even eliminates the need for
pre-treatment appointments because the location of the tumor is determined
at the same time as treatment.
At Big Horn Basin Regional Cancer Center, we are proud to offer you the
same cancer-fighting technology you would receive in Denver or Salt Lake
City – right here in Cody. To learn more, call our office at (307) 578-2800.