Radiation therapy is often an important facet of cancer care. Our experienced radiation therapists treat cancer with state of the art equipment, including image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT). IGRT is a type of radiation therapy that includes imaging techniques during each treatment. During this therapy, radiation is focused tightly at the treatment area, which may make it possible to use higher doses of radiation. This often increases the possibility of tumor control and results in shorter treatment schedules. HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital is the only facility in Sheboygan that offers IGRT.
Radiation therapy can be used in combination with surgery, chemotherapy or by itself. It can also be used in a palliative manner to control bleeding or pain, or shrink tumors to make them easier to remove surgically. In the case of prostate cancer, we also offer brachytherapy, or radioactive seed implantation, as a therapeutic treatment option.