Radiotherapy is the use of high energy x-rays, electrons, or other particles to destroy cancerous cells. The beams are targeted only to the area requiring therapy, but healthy tissue can also be impacted during treatment. Despite the deposition of dose in normal structures, healthy tissue can recover and return to rejuvenate itself during and after the radiotherapy treatment.
In order to optimize patients’ treatment results and prevent damage to healthy tissue, precise, in-depth planning is done. The objective is to direct the complete radiotherapy dose to the tumor cells and minimize radiation exposure to healthy tissue. Radiotherapy is not painful; the procedure is similar to a routine x-ray.
Following a detailed individualized patient assessment, exact treatment planning, setup, and simulation are performed by an integrated treatment team—a radiation oncology physician, a radiation physicist, and a radiotherapy technician. The personalized patient program is then reviewed and authorized by a supervising physician, before radiation therapy is performed. The course of therapy, which typically requires very brief daily treatments, spans from several days, to several weeks, to several months.
Radiotherapy treatment does not make patients radioactive. During and after the course of treatment, the patient can spend time with children, pregnant women, and others without limitations.
Progressive linear accelerator technology
The department is situated on the leading edge of radiotherapy treatment technology, continually improving for the benefit of patients. Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center was among the first departments in the world to purchase equipment capable of planning and treating patients in real time, enabling an unprecedented level of treatment accuracy.
The radiotherapy team
The multi-specialty Radiotherapy Institute staff includes physicians, physicists, radiotherapy technicians, nurses, secretaries, social workers, and psychologists. Patients and their families are welcome to turn to these professionals for treatment assistance.