Medical oncology services you will receive are provided by a team that consists of medical oncologists and oncology-trained nursing staff. This team plays a major role in your cancer care. They manage your treatment plans and therapies, monitor and evaluate your progress, and collaborate on your best options with your other medical caregivers. They consult with you on your choices and any temporary side effects you may experience during chemotherapy treatments. They offer medical guidance, helping you make decisions along the way. And they also connect you and your family with the best supportive services for educational, emotional, and financial challenges you may face.
Your radiation oncology team consists of a radiation oncologist and staff, working closely with your medical oncologist or referring physician. The purpose of your radiation therapy is to damage or destroy cancerous cells by preventing them from growing or dividing, while minimizing adverse effects on nearby healthy organs and tissues.
You will receive today's most precise radiation applications due to our advanced treatment planning systems and state-of-the-art radiation equipment.
Your treatment plan may include one or more of the following technologies:
CT Simulation enhances radiation treatment planning by generating three-dimensional images for utmost accuracy in targeting and mapping specific treatment areas. With Virtual CT Simulation, oncologists can deliver high doses of radiation to a tumor, while minimizing the amount of radiation to normal, surrounding tissues.
Treatment planning is enhanced with the use of a three-dimensional treatment planning computer. Using the information and images provided by the Virtual CT Simulator, the computer generates a treatment plan tailored to the patient's cancer care needs. Guided by three-dimensional models, the physician, physicist and dosimetrist can accurately determine the most effective dose of radiation to be delivered during treatment.
Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) uses computer-generated images and treatment planning to deliver high doses of radiation to a tumor, while minimizing the amount of radiation to normal, surrounding tissues. The higher dose to the tumor can result in a higher possibility of cure, and the lower dose to surrounding tissue results in fewer side effects.
Imaging Fusion technology enhances radiation treatment planning by enabling oncologists to more precisely and confidently locate and define tumors. With Imaging Fusion, oncologists can scale, rotate, and translate images into 3D for an accurate perspective of their size and shape.
High Dose Rate Brachytherapy (HDR) uses a radioactive source that is placed inside the body part to be treated. Then, a high dose of radiation is given to a limited area, sparing the surrounding normal tissue. HDR brachytherapy lasts only a few minutes in the outpatient setting and causes little discomfort, fewer complications, and a more rapid recovery time.
Low Dose Rate, Permanent Interstitial Prostate Seed Implant uses radioactive sources that are placed inside the prostate to destroy cancer cells.
Radiation is the use of high-energy radiation from x-rays, gamma rays, neutrons, and other sources to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors. Radiation may come from a machine outside the body, or it may come from radioactive material placed in the body near cancer cells.
High doses of radiation kill cells or keep them from growing and dividing. Because cancer cells grow and divide more rapidly than the normal cells around them, radiation can successfully treat many kinds of cancer. Normal cells are also affected by radiation, but most of them recover from the effects.
To protect normal cells, doctors carefully limit the doses of radiation and spread treatment out over time. They also shield as much normal tissue as possible while they aim the radiation at the site of the cancer.
Our hematology team has extensive expertise in treating disorders relating to blood and blood-forming organs and tissues, both for cancer and non-cancer patients.
The team puts together a treatment plan, evaluates progress, and determines their patients' best options. They offer medical guidance and help patients make decisions along the way. In addition, they connect patients and their families with the best supportive services for educational, emotional, and financial challenges they may face.