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Radiation Therapy

Radiation Oncology

At Rush Copley, you’ll benefit from experienced professionals who customize a radiation therapy plan to your needs and assure your safety. The experienced radiation oncology team at Rush Copley works together in treating all types of cancer with a wide range of radiation therapy options. Our team of radiation oncology specialists include:

  • Physicians
  • Oncology Nurses
  • Radiation Physicists
  • Dosimetrists
  • Radiation Therapists

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Learn more about our patient-focused cancer services and treatments. For information, call Rush Copley Cancer Care Center at 630-978-6250.

External Beam Radiation Therapy (EBRT)

External beam radiation therapy delivers a beam of high-energy x-rays to a patient’s tumor site. During external beam radiation therapy the beams come from a machine called a Linear Accelerator and are aimed at the area of the tumor.

These types of external beam radiation are used at Rush Copley:

  • 3D conformal radiation therapy
  • Respiratory Gating System
  • Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT)
  • Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and Volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT)
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) and Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT)

3D Conformal Radiation Therapy

3D conformal radiation therapy is one of the most common forms of external radiation therapy. The delivery system uses custom shaping equipment located in the Linear Accelerator to form the radiation beam around the tumor. This enables our oncology team to develop an individualized radiation therapy plan that will effectively treat the tumor area while sparing the healthy tissue around to limit potential side effects.

Respiratory Gating System

When radiation treatment is given to the breast, chest or abdomen, the normal movement made by breathing air in and out of the lungs may cause the targeted area to move.

With the use of a special respiratory system utilized at Rush Copley, we can treat patients while breath is held, and the target area is still. This means a more precise dose of radiation to the target area is given and less to normal tissues.

Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)

Image-guided radiation therapy involves the use of x-ray images before or during a radiation therapy session. IGRT allows the radiation therapy team to direct the delivery of the radiation beam during a treatment. This technique also enhances the ability to perform the most precise form of treatment for each patient.

Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) and Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT)

Intensity-modulated radiation therapy employs the use of tiny radiation beam shaping devices called MLCs, or, multileaf collimators. The MLCs have the ability to consistently move throughout the radiation session which allows the intensity of the beam to change. This gives the radiation team another advanced tool to use when planning an effective treatment for each patient. Volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) is an advanced form of IMRT. This form of radiation therapy utilizes the same mechanisms of IMRT, but has the ability to greatly reduce treatment time as compared to a more conventional therapy. Your physician along with the radiation planning team will determine if you are a candidate for VMAT radiation therapy.

Stereotactic Radiosugery (SRS) and Sterotactic Body Radiation (SBRT)

Stereotactic radiosurgery is a noninvasive radiation treatment procedure used for precision treatment of small brain tumors or other disorders that cannot be treated by conventional surgery. SRS focuses the beams more closely to the tumor than conventional radiation; therefore, it can deliver a higher and more effective dose of treatment to the tumor site.

Stereotactic body radiation therapy is a treatment procedure similar to SRS, except that it deals tumors unrelated to the brain. A specially designed coordinate system is used for the localization of tumors in the body in order to treat it with limited but highly precise fields. SBRT may be used to deliver a single high dose of radiation or several divided radiation doses, as compared to conventional radiation over many weeks.

Brachytherapy - High Does Rate (HDR) and Low Dose Rate (LDR)

Brachytherapy is a method of delivering radiation to tumors by placing radioactive sources either within or immediately adjacent to tumor tissue. Due to the radiation source being very close to the tumor, therapeutic radiation can affect the tumor directly while minimally affecting normal tissue. Brachytherapy can be provided using low dose rate (LDR) or high dose rate (HDR) techniques, depending on the length of time the radioactive sources remain in place. Brachytherapy can be provided alone or in combination with external beam radiotherapy (EBRT).

Waterford Place

Cancer Support at Waterford Place

Waterford Place Cancer Resource Center, located adjacent to Rush Copley’s Aurora campus at 1310 Waterford Drive, provides services and support to anyone impacted by a cancer diagnosis. Waterford Place is a warm, welcoming environment where participants can connect with support services including mind-body classes, expressive therapies and informational programs along with a salon featuring an American Cancer Society® wig boutique. Programming focuses on the practical, from what to expect from treatment to how to balance practical concerns such as finances, working, health insurance as well as the emotional side of the disease. Regular lectures from clinical specialists and other health professionals help keep you informed on the latest research and treatment options, and on topics such as how to help caregivers and maintain relationships.