Nationally recognized radiation oncology program in central Virginia

At Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Johnston-Willis Hospital, we have the highest level of expertise and compassion you expect and deserve when fighting cancer. Our radiation oncology program in Richmond is fully accredited by the American College of Radiology, and our board-certified radiation oncologists use advanced technology to provide you with faster, safer and more precise cancer treatment.

For more information about our radiation therapy program, please call (804) 320-3627.

What is radiation therapy?

Radiation therapy, also called radiation oncology, is a form of cancer treatment that uses beams of high energy to destroy cancer cells. There are various types of radiation therapy tools, and the one that is best for you will depend on your health condition, cancer and cancer location.

Individualized cancer treatment

Every patient and his or her cancer is different, therefore, we take a highly personalized approach to radiation therapy. When you first meet with our team, we will take the time to carefully review your case, talk to you about what you can expect from your treatment and map out an individualized treatment plan.

Types of radiation therapy we offer

We offer advanced radiation therapy that allows us to give radiation with pinpoint accuracy and precision. Your radiation oncologist will work with you to determine the best radiation therapy for your cancer treatment.

Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT)

This type of radiation therapy uses a coordinate system to precisely pinpoint tumors in the body. This uses high doses of radiation over a shorter course of treatment with optimal accuracy.

Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS)

This therapy uses an X-ray beam to shrink or control the growth of a tumor by either killing the cells directly or disrupting the cell's ability to grow.

Gamma Knife® is a minimally invasive stereotactic radiosurgery tool that uses extremely precise cobalt radiation beams. The Gamma Knife® is used to treat brain tumors, trigeminal neuralgia (face pain) and other neurological disorders.

High-dose rate brachytherapy (HDR)

HDR is a type of internal radiation therapy that delivers radiation from implants placed close to or inside of the tumor. We offer prostate brachytherapy with the use of prostate seeds, as well as gynecological brachytherapy with the use of radiation given internally via cylinders, tandems and rings.

Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT)

This therapy is used to treat tumors in areas of the body that move, like the lungs. Radiation therapy machines come with imaging technology that allows our radiation oncologists to capture an image of the tumor before and during treatment. By comparing these images to the reference images, your position and/or the radiation beams can be adjusted to more precisely target the radiation dose to the tumor.

Some of the advanced IGRT technology we use includes:

  • The TrueBeam® System treats cancer anywhere radiation treatment is indicated, including the lungs, breasts, prostate, head and neck. This technology allows your doctor to see the tumor and apply exact radiation beams to kill cancer cells while compensating for your movement
  • The Trilogy® System combines imaging and treatment technologies to deliver the widest range of external beam radiation therapy for cancer and neurosurgical treatments. This radiation treatment is built around a medical linear accelerator, a machine that rotates 360 degrees around you to administer radiation treatments from many angles.

Intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT)

IMRT technology uses linear accelerators to deliver precise radiation to a tumor while minimizing the radiation to surrounding normal tissue.

Conformal radiation therapy (CRT)

This cancer treatment shapes the radiation beams to match the shape of the tumor.

About Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute

Johnston-Willis Hospital is part of Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare. Our family of hospitals provides comprehensive cancer services with convenient access to cutting-edge therapies for people facing cancer in our communities. From diagnosis, to treatment and survivorship care, our oncology expertise ensures you have access to locally-trusted care with the support of a globally-recognized network.

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