The Division of Radiation Oncology offers patients access to some of the most advanced diagnostic and treatment methods for targeted therapies including Helical TomoTherapy, delivering a very sophisticated form of intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) using an integrated system that is unlike any other– giving patients unparalleled access to accuracy, precision and safety. TomoTherapy integrates treatment planning, patient positioning, and treatment delivery into one unique system. Other treatment options include rapid arc IMRT/GRT on two state-of-the art TruBeam linear accelerators, Gamma Knife radiosurgery and fractionated sterotactic radiotherapy. The division also supports breast cancer patients using sentinel lymph node biopsy and breast MRI/Bx.
Types of radiation Therapy available at John Theurer Cancer Center:
- TomoTherapy for prostate cancer and head and neck cancers
- TrueBeam – Varian Medical Systems latest linear accelerator
- RapidArc – Volumetric arc based radiation therapy for tissue sparing
- Intensity modulated radiation therapy for a variety of cancers
- Image guided radiation therapy for a variety of cancers
- Brachytherapy, both seed implants (low-dose-rate) and high-dose-rate treatments for a variety of cancers, including prostate, gynecologic, and head and neck cancers
- 3-D conformal radiation therapy for a variety of cancers
- Partial breast irradiation using Contura® and MammoSite® targeted radiation therapy, which reduces treatment from six weeks external beam radiation treatments to five days Brachytherapy for many patients
- Non-invasive, same-day stereotactic radiosurgery utilizing Gamma Knife which is used to treat malignant and benign tumors of the brain and other parts of the head
At each step, patients have access to a multi-disciplinary team dedicated to their well-being. The radiation oncology’s team includes board-certified radiation oncologists, physicists, therapists, nurses and support staff. The department includes as well licensed social workers and registered dietitians to help patients during radiation therapy.