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Radiation therapy is a cancer treatment that uses high-energy x-rays or other types of radiation to kill cancer cells. External radiation therapy uses a machine outside the body to send radiation toward the cancer. Brachytherapy involves placing radiation therapy, such as a wafer, at the site of the tumor during surgery. Stereotactic radiosurgery involves highly targeted radiation beams to try to kill the tumor without surgery. Two such systems are currently in operation at Stanford including CyberKnife developed at Stanford in 1992, and TrueBeam.
Radiation therapy is sometimes used as a follow up after tumor removal to target remaining cells or to treat tumors where surgery is not possible. Because Stanford physicians at the Brain Tumor Center are at the forefront of developing the newest methods for radiation and teaching them to other physicians, patients have access to some of the most advanced brain tumor radiology treatment in the world.
Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.
Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.