Many women with breast cancer undergo radiation therapy at some point during their treatment. John Theurer Cancer Center—part of Hackensack University Medical Center—has the most comprehensive radiation treatment center in New Jersey. We provide every technique available to treat breast cancer, choosing the method that is most appropriate for you. Our radiation oncologists work as part of your team to provide seamless, coordinated care in an environment that is modern and comfortable.
When you complete your treatment, we’ll summarize all of the care you received as well as our recommendations for your future health care in a Life-Long Health and Well Being Care Plan. It is personalized to your health needs and helps you and your primary care providers understand what you will need in terms of health care over the long term.
The Most Advanced Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer
Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
With this approach, we direct radiation of various intensities, shaped to the contours of a tumor, from a variety of angles to destroy tumor tissue while sparing normal tissue as much as possible. We typically couple this approach with image-guided radiation therapy, which compensates for tumor motion and shrinkage during treatment, to ensure exceptional precision in treating your breast cancer.
Accelerated (Hypofractionated) Radiation Therapy
We commonly use this method to treat breast cancer. Eligible patients can receive a higher dose of radiation delivered over a shorter overall treatment course, reducing the number of weeks you need to come in for treatment.
Prone Radiation Therapy
Prone breast positioning is an important advance in the treatment of breast cancer. The patient lies face down on a table with the treated breast falling through an opening, allowing us to direct radiation to that breast while sparing lung and heart tissue and reducing the risk of late-term side effects. Many centers do not offer this technique; we use it whenever possible.
Brachytherapy for Breast Cancer
Brachytherapy involves the temporary or permanent implantation of radioactive substances to kill cancer cells. For some patients with breast cancer, we offer accelerated partial breast irradiation brachytherapy, which reduces the length of treatment to just five days for many patients.