Radiation therapy uses targeted energy to kill cancer cells or keep them from growing. It may be given externally, internally or systemically depending on the type and stage of your cancer. Oregon Urology Institute patients are able to receive radiation therapy through our sister practice, Oregon Urology Institute Radiation Center.
External radiation therapy uses a machine outside your body to point radiation toward the cancer. The only external radiation we use is highly-targeted Image-Guided Radiation Therapy
Internal radiation therapy uses a radioactive substance sealed in a needle, “seed,” wire or catheter. The seed is implanted in your body directly into or near the cancer. This type of radiation is called brachytherapy
Radiation may also be taken orally or injected. This type of radiation is called systemic radiation because it travels throughout your body until it reaches the targeted cancer cells. Oregon Urology Institute Radiation Center is currently the only radiation oncology practice in the Willamette Valley offering Xofigo®, a radiation injection for advanced prostate cancer.
Learn more about different types of radiation and what to expect: