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UCSF Radiation Oncology department offers a comprehensive approach to patient care with a wide range of therapy modalities implemented by a staff of noted physicians, physicists, dosimetrists, nurses and radiation therapists.

Brachytherapy Brachytherapy refers to a method of delivering radiation to tumors by placing radioactive sources either directly into the tumor or very close to it.
CyberKnife The CyberKnife is a non-invasive radiosurgery system designed to perform tumor ablation at any site in the body.
Gamma Knife Gamma Knife is a non-invasive radiotherapy that delivers single high doses of ionizing radiation to selected, well-circumscribed targets in the brain to patients in an outpatient setting.
Hyperthermia Hyperthermia at very high heat levels can be used to kill small cancer tumors and at lower levels affects cells in such a way as to make them more susceptible to other treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy.
Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy IMRT applies computer optimization technology to medicine, allowing radiation intensity variations across each treatment field.
Intra Operative Radiotherapy Intra-operative radiation therapy (IORT) is the use of radiation therapy during a surgical procedure in order to deliver maximal radiation to a tumor while sparing adjacent normal structures.
Orthovoltage Orthovoltage is x-ray treatment used for cancers that are very superficial on the body such as skin cancer.
Proton for Ocular Tumors Proton therapy is an extremely precise form of radiation treatment that is UCSF's preferred method of radiation therapy for ocular melanoma.
Three Dimensional Conformal Therapy Three-dimensional conformal radiation therapy (3D-CRT) is an emerging technology in radiation therapy that involves multi-modality imaging techniques, accurate radiation dose calculation methods, computer optimized treatment planning, and computer-controlled treatment delivery.
TomoTherapy TomoTherapy HD system combines both helical and fixed radiation in one system, It has several new features, such as a control panel in the system and enterprise connectivity.
TrueBeam The TrueBeam™ STx with Novalis Radiosurgery is an advanced, top of the line linear accelerator designed to treat well-defined tumors at any site in the body. Its micro-MultiLeaf Collimator (MLC) and the BrainLab ExacTrac system allows for stereotactic treatment of small tumors.