Radiotherapy treats cancer and other conditions. The options at Strahlenzentrum Hamburg are some of the most advanced and pioneering in Germany. Our team’s objective is to approach you sensitively as a human being.
We’re convinced that our people-friendly approach will have a positive impact on your recovery. We focus on you because nothing’s more important to us than your health.
WHAT IS RADIOTHERAPY EXACTLY?
Radiation therapy, also called radiation or radiotherapy (RT), is one of the advanced ways of treating tumours, alongside surgical and drug therapy. What’s more, low dose radiation therapy is applied to treat pain and some inflammatory and/or degenerative joint diseases.
Unlike chemotherapy, radiotherapy is local and only cells in a particular area are destroyed. It eradicates cancer cells by damaging their genetic material and preventing them from dividing any further.
TOLERABILITY, SIDE EFFECTS AND LONG-TERM EFFECTS OF RADIOTHERAPY
The aim of radiotherapy at Strahlenzentrum Hamburg is to destroy tumour cells as comprehensively as possible. Modern methods minimise damage to healthy tissue and organs. This increases tolerance of the radiation and significantly reduces side effects such as irritation.
WHAT ELSE YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT RADIOTHERAPY AT STRAHLENZENTRUM HAMBURG
Radiotherapy is usually carried out in single sessions and therefore normally takes several weeks. This makes your treatment sustainable and side effects can therefore be virtually ruled out.
Physicists would describe this tumour therapy as a “percutaneous photon therapy with ionising radiation from a linear accelerator”.
This type of radiation means that the radiation source is some distance from your body. All you have to do is lie in a relaxed position on a couch underneath the device, which gives you doses of radiation through your skin, or “percutaneously” as we experts say.
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This is just a selection of the illnesses we treat. Contact us if none of your indications is included. We’re there for you.