The Radiation Oncology department provides comprehensive services for our cancer patients in collaboration with other members of the patient’s treatment team. Services offered include:
- Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy
- Image-Guided Radiation Therapy utilizing ultrasound
and fiducial markers
- 3-Dimensional Conformal Radiation Therapy
- Low-Dose Rate Brachytherapy for prostate cancer, gynecologic
cancers, head and neck cancer, sarcoma, and
- High-Dose Rate Brachytherapy for breast cancer,
prostate cancer, sarcoma, lung cancer, esophageal
cancer, and other sites.
- Systemic Radioisotopes in the management of bony
metastatic disease and lymphoma
A multidisciplinary team including physicists, dosimetrists, engineers, radiation therapists, nurses, social workers, dietitians, data management staff and clerical staff work with Radiation Oncology physicians to develop an optimal individually-tailored treatment plan for each patient. This team meets regularly and has active programs in quality improvement, peer review, new patient management and patient satisfaction.
We have increased a number of offerings for patients with prostate cancer through the development of our High-Dose Rate Brachytherapy program.
This “temporary” seed implant program serves as an alternative to permanent seed implants in selected patients whose glands are too large for seed implantation or for whom seed implantation is not appropriate.
Temporary High-Dose Rate brachytherapy seed implant includes the operative placement of catheters into the prostate through the perineal template, the utilization of CT Imaging to develop an optimized treatment plan, and two 15-30 minute treatment applications utilizing a high activity iridium 192 seed in the catheters to deliver a homogeneous dose to the target area. Patients remain in he hospital for two days for this treatment, which is generally followed by five weeks of external irradiation to the prostate and surrounding tissues.