General Information Treatment Quality of Life

General Information

Quality of Life


The TomoTherapy® and Radixact™ Systems deliver radiation therapy for the treatment of cancer and other diseases as prescribed by a radiation oncologist. Feedback from doctors suggests reduced side effects are often observed as compared to conventional forms of radiation therapy. Because of the ability to more precisely deliver the radiation, oncologists have reported that they are able to treat patients who have been treated with radiation before, when their cancers have returned.

The TomoTherapy and Radixact Systems:

  • Precisely target cancer cells, enabling doctors to effectively treat hard-to-reach and complex tumors.
  • Customize treatment delivery specifically for each patient.
  • Minimize exposure to surrounding healthy tissue, so you have a lower risk of pain, side effects and complications.
  • Help you live your life during the course of treatment. Treatment itself takes only a few minutes a day. You can be in and out in as little as 10 to 20 minutes.
  • Can often treat cancers that have returned, even if you’ve already had radiation therapy and have been told by others that you’re not a candidate for more radiation.
  • Are generally non-invasive, and as painless as having a CT scan or an X-ray.
  • Can result in fewer and less severe side effects. Many patients feel better than they expected they would while undergoing treatment.
  • Can be used in combination with surgery, chemotherapy and other medications.

Side Effects

Patients should consult a doctor to determine if the TomoTherapy or Radixact System is the appropriate treatment for their individual needs.

Most side effects of radiotherapy, including radiotherapy delivered with Accuray systems, are mild and temporary, often involving fatigue, nausea, and skin irritation. Side effects can be severe, however, leading to pain, alterations in normal body functions (for example, urinary or salivary function), deterioration of quality of life, permanent injury and even death. Side effects can occur during or shortly after radiation treatment or in the months and years following radiation. The nature and severity of side effects depend on many factors, including the size and location of the treated tumor, the treatment technique (for example, the radiation dose), the patient's general medical condition, to name a few. For more details about the side effects of your radiation therapy, and if treatment with an Accuray product is right for you, ask your doctor.