Radiation therapy delivered from outside of the body to kill cancer cells is a common part of many patients' treatment plans. Learn more about the types of radiation therapy and the possibility of using hypofractionated radiation to reduce the number of treatment sessions.
Also called brachytherapy, a higher total dose of radiation can be delivered in a smaller area than what can be achieved with external beam radiation, resulting in less radiation exposure to surrounding healthy tissue. This can be high-dose rate or low-dose rate depending on the type of cancer.
Hormones are naturally occurring substances that stimulate the growth of hormone-sensitive tissues, such as the breast or prostate gland. Hormone therapy drugs deprive cancer cells of the hormones they need to grow.
Immunotherapy uses each patient’s immune system to fight the cancer. Some immunotherapies help the immune system stop or slow the growth of cancer cells, while others boost the immune system to destroy cancer cells.
This type of cancer treatment uses drugs to target specific substances, such as proteins and genes, that control how cancer cells grow, divide, and spread. Doctors often use targeted therapy, along with chemotherapy and other treatments.
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Beaver Believers program brings together Oregon State University fans who stand behind and cheer on patients at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute.