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Medical Oncol­ogy

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. 

Radiation Oncology providers