Technological advancement in radiation oncology has grown exponentially over the last decade and is one of the most promising areas of cancer treatment. Radiation oncology is now used in the treatment of over half of all cancer patients.
We are proud to offer our patients some of the most sophisticated radiation oncology treatments in the world. Our center is founded on the state-of-the-art Clinac Dual-Energy Linear Accelerator, a premier product on the market that delivers the powerful beam of radiation to treat cancers deep within the body. The multileaf collimator sculpts the high energy beam to fit the dimensions of the tumor being treated. It actually helps spare healthy, surrounding cells from exposure to radiation while enabling the radiation beam to be more powerful.
Through highly advanced technology, radiation therapy is now faster, safer, and more effective due to computer technology and digital imaging. We are now able to deliver larger doses of radiation which can actually kill cancerous cells and tumors, giving patients hope for a cancer-free future.
intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
IMRT is not recommended for all cancer patients, but for those with tumors located in close proximity to vital organs it may be their best option. IMRT enables clinicians to control the amount of radiation each 0.5 mm square section of the tumor receives. It also minimizes radiation exposure to surrounding tissue.
The four essential capabilities that distinguish it as the leading technology in cancer care:
Better Tumor Coverage — IMRT divides each radiation beam into multiple rays called beamlets and assigns varying intensities to individual rays. The amount of radiation each beamlet delivers is adjusted in proportion to the tumor’s density.
Lower Complication Rates — By delivering precise doses to the tumor, radiation exposure to surrounding, healthy tissue and organs is minimized and many of the negative side effects associated with traditional therapy are diminished.
Higher Treatment Doses — Higher doses that can completely kill tumors can now be administered to the tumor site. Such high doses of radiation are not possible with most conventional therapies.
Multiple Targets — IMRT can treat multiple tumors at the same time, eliminating the need for extra treatment sessions. We work with physicians to determine if IMRT is appropriate for their patients and continue to work with the referring physician throughout the duration of treatment. After treatment, the patient returns to the referring physician for continued oncology care.
prostate variseed brachytherapy
This cutting-edge program is designed to treat prostate cancer with permanent radioactive seeds implanted directly into the prostate. A customized three dimensional plan is created and completed in surgery as an outpatient procedure.
image-guided radiation therapy
IGRT is a process of utilizing frequent imaging throughout the course of radiation treatment to ensure the radiation is delivered in the exact dose and location called for in the radiation plan. This component applies imaging coordinates from the treatment plan to ensure the patient is properly aligned in the treatment room.