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What Are the Benefits of Adaptive Radiation Therapy?

When your Cochise Oncology team meets with you to discuss your treatment plan, it may include radiation therapy. Fortunately, our adaptive radiation therapy treatments precisely target cancer while protecting healthy tissues, decreasing side effects and increasing effectiveness. These advanced treatment systems use scans and computer-guided technology to ensure your cancer absorbs the maximum radiation effects. 

What is Adaptive Radiation Therapy?

Adaptive radiation therapy is a cancer treatment that uses radiation energy. This form of energy treats cancer by damaging the DNA of cancer cells, preventing them from dividing or even killing them. Adaptive radiation therapy is an advanced form of this treatment that creates a 3D image of your tumor and uses a computer to focus all the energy into the tumor, not the surrounding tissues.

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What are the Benefits of Adaptive Radiation Therapy?

Adaptive radiation therapy has greatly improved the radiation therapy experience. This treatment’s ability to pinpoint and treat cancer without affecting other tissues minimizes side effects and collateral damage to healthy cells. 

No Discomfort

During adaptive radiation therapy, you will lie on a table. The device may rotate around you, performing scans. You will not feel the beams of radiation any more than you feel an X-ray. Your experience will differ depending on the area of your body being treated. 

More Effective

Adaptive radiation therapy can deliver multiple beams of radiation directly into the tumor, making the cancerous cells absorb all the damage. As a result, treatment maximizes the effects on cancer cells while minimizing the energy absorbed anywhere else. 


Older, less targeted forms of radiation therapy were at higher risk due to the exposure of healthy tissues to radiation energy. This could cause effects such as skin changes and burns. Ensuring all the energy is absorbed by cancer cells limits the effects on healthy tissues. 

Fewer Side Effects

People who have adaptive radiation therapy experience fewer side effects than those who have older types of radiation treatment. Side effects vary depending on the treatment area. Unlike chemotherapy, radiation does not spread through the body to affect healthy cells.


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 Can Adaptive Radiation Therapy Treat?

Adaptive radiation therapy can treat tumors in almost any area of the body. Its precision allows it to treat areas like the head and neck where avoiding damage to healthy structures is vital. Your Cochise Oncology team uses this treatment for:

  • Skin
  • Breasts
  • Thyroid
  • Eyes
  • Prostate
  • Brain
  • Neck
  • Bladder
  • Lung

Radiation therapy is not used for all types of cancer. It can be combined with chemotherapy or immunotherapy to achieve better results than any of these alone.


*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 adaptive radiation therapy? Reach out to Cochise Oncology at (520) 803-6644 or fill out the consultation form on this page.

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