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How Does Adaptive Radiation Work to Treat Cancer?

At Cochise Oncology, we strive to offer the most advanced cancer treatments available in a comfortable, relaxing setting. For many patients, adaptive radiation treatments with Varian provide better results with fewer side effects thanks to cutting-edge technology. 

What is Adaptive Radiation Therapy?

Radiotherapy, or radiation therapy, is a type of cancer treatment that uses high-energy radiation to destroy cancer cells or prevent them from growing and dividing. The radiation damages the DNA of cancer cells, which makes it difficult for them to survive and reproduce. 

Adaptive radiation treatments are a more advanced form of radiotherapy. Cutting-edge technology at Cochise Oncology can target cancer cells while adapting to movement or changes in the tumor, allowing for safer and more precise treatments. Adaptive radiation makes it easier to exclusively target cancer cells without harming the surrounding tissues.

How Does Adaptive Radiation Treat Cancer?

Radiation treatments are one of the most common and effective options for many types of cancer. Radiotherapy is often used as a primary treatment for localized cancers or as a palliative treatment to relieve symptoms in advanced stages of cancer. Depending on the stage and location of the cancer, radiotherapy may be used alone or in combination with other treatments such as surgery, chemotherapy, or immunotherapy. 

What Types of Cancer Can Radiotherapy Treat?

Like traditional radiotherapy, adaptive radiation is a versatile treatment option that can benefit many patients. Radiotherapy can be used to treat several types of cancer, including but not limited to: 

  • Breast cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Head and neck cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Brain cancer


Simply fill out the form on this page to request an appointment and one of our knowledgable team members will reach out to you. Or call our Sierra Vista oncology center to schedule directly at (520) 803-6644.

What to Expect During Radiation Therapy

Radiotherapy treatments typically involve several steps. First, you will have imaging scans to determine the cancer’s exact location. This will help your radiation oncologist create a customized treatment plan, which may include internal or external radiotherapy. Your treatment plan will also determine the exact amount and duration of radiation required.

During an external radiotherapy treatment, you will lie on a table while a machine delivers high-energy radiation to the targeted area. The machine may move around you to ensure that the radiation is delivered from different angles. We may instruct you to hold your breath or remain still during the treatment to ensure the accuracy of the radiation delivery. If you receive internal radiotherapy, this may be given orally, through an IV, or through a small implant. 

Adaptive Radiotherapy Side Effects

While radiation treatments themselves are painless, some patients experience side effects such as fatigue, skin irritation, or nausea. These side effects are typically temporary and can be managed with medication or other supportive care.

One of the benefits of adaptive radiation is that it allows for more precise treatments that reduce the likelihood and severity of side effects. No matter your personalized radiation therapy treatment, our oncologists will monitor your progress and make changes as needed to give you the safest and most effective treatment possible.


*Individual Results May Vary


At Cochise Oncology, we know optimal cancer treatment places the patient first – and our patients experience this every day. Read what our satisfied patients are saying about their experiences at Cochise Oncology.

Take the Next Step

Do you have questions about radiation therapy? Reach out to Cochise Oncology at (520) 803-6644 or fill out the consultation form on this page. 

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