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Radiation Therapy

The Care You Need, Close to Home

Radiation therapy uses beams of energy (high energy X-rays or electrons) to destroy cancer cells. We combine decades of expertise with the latest technologies to deliver safe, accurate treatments. Our commitment to quality and safety has helped our program become the first in Western Washington to earn national recognition.

Radiation Therapy at MultiCare Regional Cancer Center: Why Choose Us?

Our highly skilled doctors (radiation oncologists) deliver expert care for common and complex forms of cancer – including cancers that return after traditional treatment. We offer a broad range of treatment options so you can get more of the care you need without traveling great distances.

Highlights of our program include:

  • APEx Accreditation - Cancer CenterNational recognition for care excellence: The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) has recognized MultiCare Regional Cancer Center with its prestigious Accreditation Program for Excellence (APEx®) designation. We earned this distinction because of our commitment to maintaining high safety standards.
     
  • Expertise: All of our radiation oncologists are board-certified, meaning they passed rigorous exams and stay up-to-date on the latest treatment techniques. This level of knowledge helps us tailor treatments to meet your unique needs. Meet our cancer care team.
     
  • Innovative treatments: We are often the first program in the South Puget Sound offering newer radiation therapy technologies, such as the TrueBeam® radiotherapy system and Cyberknife radiosurgery. These system delivers treatments with a high degree of accuracy. Even if a treatment area is moving, such as the lungs, TrueBeam and Cyberknife allow us to deliver treatment to precisely the right spot and avoid nearby healthy tissue.
     
  • Coordinated care: Radiation therapy is often one of several treatments you receive. You can breathe a little easier knowing we take care of all the details. Our extended team, which includes surgeons, oncologists and nurses, meets regularly to plan every step of your care. These meetings are called tumor boards.
     
  • Support: It’s natural to have questions when you’re receiving radiation therapy, which is why our team includes dedicated radiation therapy nurses. Our nurses specialize in radiation therapy and help you learn what to expect. The nurses also lend a caring ear for any concerns you may have. Nurse navigators are also available to all radiation therapy patients. Learn about our nurse navigators.
     
  • Research: Our commitment to advancing cancer care includes exploring more effective approaches to radiation therapy. Your care may include treatments that are only available in select programs through clinical trials. Find out more about cancer research and clinical trials.

Get a Second Opinion

If you have questions about your diagnosis or cancer care plan, our radiation oncologists stand ready to help you. Second opinions are often covered by insurance and give you the opportunity to talk with our cancer experts about the care that’s best for you. We may be able to see you in as little as two business days. For more information or to request an appointment, please call us at 253-403-6399 or complete our appointment request form.

Radiation Therapy Options Available at MultiCare

We offer a broad range of radiation therapy options. The treatments that are best for you depend many factors, including the diagnosis and location of tumors.

Your treatment may include:  

  • Brachytherapy: Radiation oncologists deliver brachytherapy during an in-office procedure. For this treatment, we deliver high doses of radiation directly into the tumor. Many people who receive brachytherapy recover and resume everyday activities quickly.
     
  • Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT): MultiCare was the first health system in the South Puget Sound offering IGRT. This treatment uses 3D, high-definition imaging during treatment to guide radiation beams to the precise location of the tumor.  
     
  • Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT): Using RapidArc® Radiotherapy Technology, our radiation oncologists direct radiation beams of different strengths to mirror the shape of the tumor. MultiCare was the first [L2] cancer program in the South Puget Sound offering IMRT with RapidArc. Read more about RapidArc intensity modulated radiation therapy.
     
  • Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT): With SBRT, one to five highly-focused doses of radiation are given to sites outside of the brain with pinpoint accuracy and very little dose to nearby healthy tissue.  We may deliver SBRT using either the TrueBeam® radiotherapy system or the CyberKnife Radiosurgery system depending on the situation.
     
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS): We are the South Puget Sound’s first cancer program offering SRS with the help of the CyberKnife® Radiosurgery System. This system delivers high doses of radiation with pinpoint accuracy. SRS with CyberKnife allows us to safely treat tumors in hard-to-reach areas within the brain while preserving nearby healthy tissue. Find out more about CyberKnife Radiosurgery.

Radiation Therapy with an Added Layer of Protection

Our genuine interest in your well-being means we offer additional devices and services that help us eliminate the cancer while protecting nearby organs.

These services are not widely available elsewhere in the South Puget Sound and include:

  • Deep inspiration breath hold (DIBH): We use DIBH for cancers near the heart, such as left-sided breast cancer. During treatment, we ask you to take a deep breath and hold it briefly while we deliver short bursts of radiation. Doing so pushes the tumor away from the heart, making it easier for radiation beams to reach the cancer while avoiding the heart and lungs.
     
  • SpaceOAR® hydrogel: We use this innovative gel to create space between the prostate and the nearby rectum before radiation therapy for prostate cancer. The gel reduces the risk of complications that could affect your ability to have a normal bowel movement. SpaceOAR dissolves shortly after you finish your radiation therapy session.

Contact Us

For more information or to request an appointment, please call us at 253-403-6399 or complete our appointment request form.