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Radiation oncology plays an important role in cancer treatment. In radiation therapy (also called radiotherapy), high-energy rays are used to damage cancer cells and stop them from growing and dividing.

Like surgery, radiation therapy is a local treatment; it affects cancer cells only in the treated area. In radiotherapy, “radiation treatment planning” is the process in which a team consisting of radiation oncologist, radiation therapist, and medical physicist plans the appropriate treatment technique for a patient with cancer to avoid errors and increase patient safety.

General Information

Radiation Therapy Center DRK Kliniken BerlinWe provide a full range of radiation oncology services with state-of-the-art technologies :

  • Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) and Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • IMRT (Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy)
  • Respiratory Gating
  • Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) coupled with on-board Cone-Beam CT

Pain treatment – Pain irradiation Berlin

Pain treatment with low dose irradiation is used in inflammatory-degenerative diseases of the musculoskeletal system (bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles) and may often replace a no longer effective drug maintenance therapy.

Pain treatmentTennis elbow, painful shoulder, chronic hip pain in osteoarthritis of the hip, knee pain in osteoarthritis of the knee and the heel spurs are typical indications for pain irradiation in Berlin.

Low dose irradiation in benign diseases

Benign diseases may present an indication for low dose irradiation.

Keloids of skin, scarred cords in the palm (Dupuytren’s disease) and in the sole of the foot (plantar fibromatosis), but also curvature of the penis (Peyronie’s) are good examples where radiotherapy Berlin can be helpful.

Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) and Stereotactic Radiosurgery

Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy is a specialized type of external beam radiation therapy that uses focused radiation beams targeting a well-defined tumour (e.g. brain metastases or small cell lung carcinoma). A high potent dose of radiation is delivered to the tumour, improving the cure rates for the tumour.

IMRT (Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy)

Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy is a type of conformal radiation, which shapes radiation beams to closely approximate the shape of the tumour. The intensity of the radiation in IMRT can be changed during treatment to spare more adjoining normal tissue. Because of this an increased dose of radiation can be delivered to the tumour.

Respiratory Gating

Radiation Therapy Center DRK Kliniken Berlin

Radiological treatment can be challenging due to the natural movement of the body. Respiratory Gating tracks the breathing, as well as the location of the tumour, allowing to target the tumour accurately and precisely. It monitors patient movement and abnormal breathing. If either of these exceeds a pre-set tolerance, the beam is held automatically. Respiratory gating eliminates unnecessary and harmful radiation to a broad area, and focuses more radiation onto a tumour, while sparing more healthy tissue.

Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) coupled with on-board Cone-Beam CT

In Image-Guided Radiation Therapy the on-board Cone-Beam CT is used to verify the target volume prior to treatment delivery. It provides the extra accuracy to verify that the radiation beam is on target. It is a highly individualized treatment and potentially delivers improved patient outcomes.

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