If you are in Spain or Valencia for cancer treatment, you have been diagnosed with a tumor or you know someone who has experienced a similar situation, then this therapy can also be performed in Valencia. Those who are faced with the issue of prescribing radiotherapy have heard the following names: IGRT, IMRT, SBRT, V-MAT.
The first thing to know is that they all correspond to different methods of radiation therapy - one of the most common, accurate and safe treatments for cancer. We have already noted that approximately six out of ten cancer patients receive radiation therapy during the course of this disease. Either as a single therapy or in combination with other treatments, especially surgery and chemotherapy.
Linear accelerators in Valencia, which allow the radiation beam to adapt to the shape of the tumor, to synchronize with the movements of the organs. Consequently, the side effects on healthy tissues are reduced. A patient receiving radiation therapy will receive concentrated high-energy ionizing radiation up to a certain volume (sometimes only one dose), which is capable of destroying the malignant cells that form a tumor.
Despite the high frequency of the use of radiotherapy, it is due to it that most questions and suspicions arise in patients, despite the fact that it is effective, accurate and safe.
Available types of radiotherapy in Valencia
TrueBeam STX Novalis
Radiation therapy is one of the most powerful weapons that helps us fight cancer. It consists of releasing a beam of radiation that destroys tumors and can be used alone or in combination with surgery and/or chemotherapy. It is an outpatient and non-invasive procedure that does not require anesthesia.
In Spain, radiotherapy is based on the TrueBeam STx system, which, unlike conventional linear accelerators, is a versatile, integrated platform that can treat moving tissue with unprecedented levels of accuracy and speed.
System "Respiratory gaiting” detects the movements of organs and processes them with the same accuracy as if they were static organs, and radiation is applied only when the tumor is inside the targeted radiation beam. This system provides exceptional treatment adaptation and reduced exposure to healthy tissue.
Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (V-MAT)
It is an intensely modulated radiotherapy in which a linac rotates in arcs around the patient, modulating the intensity of radiation and the speed of rotation. Thanks to this, we are able to shorten the irradiation session to a few minutes, which with the help of traditional linear accelerators can take up to an hour.
During treatment, the radiation beam adapts to the shape of the tumor and can be injected from almost any angle. In the most advanced linear accelerators, this method is performed at high speed, and the duration of the sessions is several minutes.
Brain Radiosurgery (Stereotactic Radiosurgery)
This technology is so called because the radiation achieves its accuracy and efficiency comparable to the results of a surgical operation, with the advantage of being a non-invasive treatment, requiring no anesthesia and completely ambulatory.
Its very high accuracy, with a working and safe zone of about a tenth of a millimeter, makes it possible to concentrate large doses of radiation, which in some cases reduces the duration of treatment to one session. The most important feature of radiosurgery is the treatment of intracranial lesions and brain cancer.
Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) (IGRT)
Image-guided systems help us delineate the treatment area with the utmost precision, minimizing the effects of radiation on healthy tissue. Currently, we have systems (Cone Beam, CT, Exac Trac, Respiratory Gaiting, linked to a 6D robotic table) that allow us to treat moving organs with the same precision as we treat static tissues and organs, but with beam synchronization radiation with the movement of organs.
Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
It adapts the shape and intensity of the radiation beam to the shape and location of the tumor to effectively and concentratedly treat diseased tissue while preserving healthy tissue.