Cleveland Clinic's Cancer Center at Fairview Hospital is proud to be the first hospital in the state of Ohio to offer their patients ARTISTE™. Developed by Siemens Healthcare, the ARTISTE™ is an integrated and comprehensive imaging, treatment and workflow solution created specifically for Adaptive Radiation Therapy (ART). The goal of ART is to ensure that the therapeutic dose is delivered precisely to the target tumor and that healthy tissue is spared.
ARTISTE™ has the ability to make changes in real-time during the delivery of the radiation therapy and is constructed to deliver high-precision radiotherapy, increasing the dose to the tumor while sparing the healthy tissue.
External Beam Radiation Therapy
The goal of radiation therapy is to administer a high dose of radiation into the body to kill the cancer cells while sparing the surrounding healthy tissue from damage.
Several special types of external beam therapies are discussed below. Depending on the location, size and type of your tumor or tumors, you may receive one or a combination of these techniques.
Three-Dimensional Conformal Radiation Therapy (3D-CRT)»
Three-dimensional conformal radiation therapy (3D-CRT) uses sophisticated computers and computer assisted tomography scans (CT or CAT scans) and/or magnetic resonance imaging scans (MR or MRI scans) to create detailed, three-dimensional representations of the tumor and surrounding organs.
Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) »
In some facilities, radiation oncologists are using image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) to help them better deliver the radiation dose to the cancer. Normal structures and tumors can move between treatments due to differences in organ filling or movements while breathing. IGRT is conformal radiation treatment guided by imaging equipment, such as CT, ultrasound or stereoscopic X-rays, taken in the treatment room just before the patient is given the radiation treatment.
Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)»
Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) is a specialized form of 3D-CRT that allows radiation to be more exactly shaped to fit your tumor. With IMRT, the radiation beam can be broken up into many “beamlets,” and the intensity of each beamlet can be adjusted individually. Using IMRT, it may be possible to further limit the exact amount of radiation that is received by normal tissues that are near the tumor.
Stereotactic radiotherapy is a technique that allows your radiation oncologist to precisely focus beams of radiation to destroy certain types of tumors. Since the beam is so precise, your radiation oncologist may be able to spare more normal tissue than with conventional external beam therapy.
Personal Care During Treatment
- Get plenty of rest. Many patients experience fatigue during radiation therapy, so it is important to make sure you are well rested.
- Eat a balanced, nutritious diet. A nutritionist, nurse or physician may work with you to ensure you are receiving the right calories, vitamins and minerals from the foods you eat and that you are eating the proper type of foods.
- Treat the skin that is exposed to radiation with extra care. The skin in the area receiving treatment may become red and sensitive. Your radiation oncology nurse will review specific instructions for caring for your skin with you.
- Seek out emotional support. There are many emotional demands that you must cope with during your cancer diagnosis and treatment. At times, it may help to talk about your feelings with a close friend, family member, nurse, social worker or psychologist.
For cancer questions or to make a same-day appointment, call the Cancer Answer Line at 866.223.8100.