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Radiation Treatment at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center

About 50% of people with cancer have some type of radiation during their cancer treatment. Most people receive it on an outpatient basis.

The radiation oncologists at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center will help you fight your cancer using the most advanced treatments.

What Is Radiation Cancer Treatment?

Radiation kills cancer cells by using high-energy waves to damage the DNA of the cancer cells. Your doctor may use it to shrink tumors to make surgery or chemo more effective.

Depending on the type and stage of your cancer, radiation may be the only treatment you need.

We will work with the rest of your care team to come up with the best treatment plan for you.

We offer radiation treatment for all types of cancers, including:

Advanced Radiation Cancer Treatment

At UPMC Hillman, we use the latest technology to treat your cancer while reducing side effects.

Treatments fall into one of three main types:

  • Radiosurgery uses radiation instead of surgical tools to remove or destroy cancer. It's a non-invasive surgery and provides the same results as common surgery without the risks.
  • External beam radiation therapy uses a high-energy x-ray machine to send radiation to the tumor. The treatment lasts a few minutes and occurs a few times a week over several months.
  • Internal beam radiation therapy uses a radioactive “seed" implant close to your tumor to dispense large doses of radiation. This means less discomfort and fewer office visits.

Radiosurgery treatments

We also offer the following Varian radiosurgery treatments:

  • The Edge® treatment machine. This very precise system treats tumors of the lung, brain, and spine.
  • HyperArc™. This tool uses a frameless mask rather than a frame attached to your head to treat brain cancer.
  • Halcyon™ treatment machine. This machine takes pictures and performs radiosurgery, which reduces treatment times.

With these tools, our experts direct high doses of radiation to your tumor with less damage to the nearby healthy tissue. This is vital when treating cancers in delicate parts of the body, such as the brain or spinal cord.

Our team also offers you early access to some of the newest clinical trials.

Cancer Care Close to Home

From your first planning visit through your treatment, we focus on your health, safety, and comfort.

Because you might need radiation five days a week for a few weeks, having treatment close to home can make a difference.

We provide radiation cancer treatment throughout Pennsylvania and in Cumberland, Md.

Your nurse navigator

Our nurse navigators are here for you and your loved ones.

From your first appointment onward, we'll:

  • Answer your questions.
  • Schedule your appointments.
  • Help you get support services.

Contact Us About Radiation at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center

To learn more about cancer treatment at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, call 412-647-2811.

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What To Expect

Radiation therapy treats a wide variety of cancers. It shrinks or eliminates tumors and can help cancer from reoccurring.

Read about what to expect during radiation.
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Diagnostic Services

Radiation oncologists use a variety of diagnostic and planning techniques to help plan the proper cancer treatment, including PET-CT, 4D CT scans and more.

Read about the diagnostic services we offer.
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Treatment Services

UPMC CancerCenter offers three modes of radiation oncology treatment: external beam radiation therapy, internal radiation therapy and radiosurgery.

Read about the treatment services we offer.