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Every cancer diagnosis is unique, and every treatment plan must also be unique and customized to give patients the best potential for a cure. At Ackerman Cancer Center in Jacksonville, FL, we offer you access to a number of the most effective, evidence-based radiation therapies available, including proton therapy.
If you have questions or would like to schedule a consultation, please give us a call at 904-880-5522.
Proton therapy is one of the most precise, advanced radiation treatment modalities available. In traditional photon radiation, the x-ray beams travel through the tumor destroying both cancerous and healthy tissue along the way. Proton therapy provides a more efficient solution by utilizing charged particles (protons) to penetrate the tissue and deposit nearly all of their energy directly at the tumor site, thereby reducing damage to surrounding areas.
Ackerman Cancer Center in Jacksonville is proud to be the world’s first private practice offering its own proton beam technology. Proton therapy is often the best choice for patients with localized tumors. It offers less risk of side effects, reduced radiation exposure to surrounding healthy tissue, and a higher dose of radiation to the tumor site. The radiation oncologists at Ackerman Cancer Center will work with you and consider all options to develop the best possible treatment plan for your cancer.
Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) and Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) are radiation therapy approaches that utilize multiple imaging and motion management techniques to precisely deliver radiation to tumors.
IMRT uses beams of radiation with multiple angles and varying intensities to conform to the shape of the tumor. IGRT utilizes 3D images to monitor the tumors location during treatment. These technologies work together to reduce exposure to healthy tissues and minimize side effects of treatment.
Prostate seed implants are a type of internal radiation therapy, also known as brachytherapy. A doctor or clinician implants radioactive seeds (containing either iodine-125 or palladium-103) into specific parts of the prostate gland using ultrasound guidance. The number of seeds and where they are placed is determined by a treatment plan tailored for each patient. Anywhere from 40 to 160 seeds are commonly implanted.
The implants remain in place permanently and the radioactivity of the seeds slowly decays during several weeks to months. This technique allows a high dose of radiation to be delivered to the prostate with limited exposure to nearby organs.
Radioactive Isotope Therapy is a targeted form of systemic therapy. The radioisotopes can be delivered directly to the bloodstream or ingested through a pill.
Forms of Radioactive Isotope Therapy available at Ackerman Cancer Center include: iodine-131, Xofigo, Strontium 90 and Samarium 153.