Radiation oncology treatments

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UK Radiation Oncology is a nationally recognized leader in the field of radiation oncology. Our faculty participates in and plays a leadership role in national clinical trials for cancer therapies. The department provides the most advanced radiation therapies available that help treat cancer and maintain our patients' quality of life. 

Our clinical trials allow many patients to take advantage of groundbreaking investigative therapies.

Radiation therapy is a commonly used type of cancer treatment. Our physicians use it to kill cancer cells, shrink tumors, and treat other symptoms caused by cancer. UK Radiation Oncology offers several types of cutting-edge radiation therapies—some of which are not available anywhere else in Kentucky.

Learn more about these treatments below.

External beam radiation

This type of radiation therapy is delivered outside of your body by a machine called a linear accelerator, which emits high-energy x-rays.

Learn more about external beam radiation therapy.

Conventional/3D-conformal radiation therapy

This type of radiation directs the appropriate dose of radiation to the cancer, while using detailed imaging and block design to spare the surrounding healthy tissue.

Learn more about conventional/3D-conformal radiation therapy.

Intensity-modulated radiation therapy

This type of radiation is able to protect the normal, healthy tissue and the critical tissues around the tumor so that your physician can deliver a high dose of radiation more precisely to the cancer and minimize side effects from the treatment.

Learn more about intensity-modulated radiation therapy.

Stereotactic radiosurgery

This type of radiation therapy is used to treat brain and other tumors and conditions inside the head and spine.

Learn more about stereotactic radiosurgery.

Stereotactic body radiation therapy

Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) is used to treat tumors outside of the brain and spine. It accurately delivers very high doses of radiation to the tumor in few treatments (one to five) while limiting the impact on nearby healthy tissue.

Learn more about stereotactic body radiation therapy.

Spatially fractionated radiotherapy (GRID Therapy)

GRID therapy is a type of radiation therapy administered, sometimes in conjunction with conventional/3D-conformal radiation therapy. It is used to treat almost all types of cancers for which conventional radiation therapy alone is not enough.

Learn more about spatially fractionated radiotherapy.

Total body irradiation therapy

Total body irradiation (TBI) is used in combination with chemotherapy to prepare patients with leukemia for stem cell and bone marrow transplant.

Learn more about total body irradiation therapy.

Total skin electron irradiation therapy

Total skin electron irradiation (TSEI) is a treatment for a rare, generally incurable type of lymphoma called mycosis fungoides.

Learn more about total skin electron irradiation.


Brachytherapy is a technique used to place radiation materials inside or next to the organ affected by cancer or in the tumor itself.

Learn more about brachytherapy.

Brachytherapy for gynecologic cancer

Our UK Radiation Oncology physicians are highly experienced in using brachytherapy to treat gynecologic cancers.

Learn more about brachytherapy for gynecologic cancer.

Brachytherapy for prostate cancer

Our UK Radiation Oncology physicians are highly experienced in using brachytherapy to treat prostate cancers.

Learn more about brachytherapy for prostate cancer.

Systemic radiation therapy

Systemic radiation therapy is radiation in liquid form that is injected into the vein or swallowed and travels through the body to target cancer cells.

Learn more about systemic radiation therapy.