If you have been diagnosed with primary bone cancer, it is important to seek care from experts who understand this unique disease.
Bone Cancer Treatment
Cancer that originates in the bone is very different from cancers that start elsewhere and spread to the bone. The radiation oncologists at Ackerman Cancer Center have extensive experience in treating all types of primary bone cancer—including osteosarcoma, chondrosarcoma, and Ewing’s sarcoma. They will take time to discuss all aspects of your particular diagnosis, providing answers to all of your questions and concerns along the way.
If you are interested in learning more about radiation therapy treatments for bone cancer, call our office at 904-880-5522.
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Bone cancer treatment usually involves surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, or a combination of treatment options. For certain bone cancers, including those that cannot be treated with chemotherapy, or for patients who choose to forgo surgery, radiation therapy may be the sole treatment.
Ackerman Cancer Center offers a variety of radiation therapy options for the treatment of bone cancer, including:
Proton therapy is one of the most precise, advanced radiation treatment modalities available today. 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 is proud to be the world’s first private practice offering its own proton beam technology. Though proton therapy is not right for every patient, the radiation oncologists at Ackerman Cancer Center will consider all options when developing your personalized treatment plan.
3-D External Beam Radiation
3-D External Beam Radiation, also known as 3-D Conformal Radiation Therapy, is a technique that delivers radiation to a tumor site. Imaging scans and special computers map the location of the tumor in three dimensions. During treatment, several beams deliver radiation matched to the shape of the tumor.
Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) and Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)
IMRT uses beams of radiation from multiple angles, and of varying intensities, to conform to the shape of the tumor. IGRT utilizes 3-D images to monitor the tumor’s exact location during treatment. These technologies work together to reduce exposure to healthy tissues and minimize side effects of treatment.
Radioactive Isotope (Radioisotope) Therapy is a targeted form of systemic therapy, in which the radioisotopes are delivered directly to the bloodstream intravenously or ingested in the form of a pill.
Forms of Radioactive Isotope Therapy available at Ackerman Cancer Center include iodine-131, Xofigo, Strontium 90, and Samarium 153.
The experienced specialists at Ackerman Cancer Center will consider all treatment options to determine the best treatment approach resulting in the most positive outcome.
What to Expect
Being diagnosed with cancer raises many questions. Learn what to expect during cancer treatment here.
For more information about the Ackerman Cancer Center and its available treatment options, please call (904) 880-5522.