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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