Your Treatment Options
Cancer comes in many forms. Each individual's treatment depends on the type and stage of the cancer, the patient's health, and other factors. Physicians treat cancer with surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and biotherapy. A multi-disciplinary approach is the cornerstone of modern cancer care. We work closely with referring surgeons, physicians, and medical oncologists to provide the best care possible.
Treatment regimens at RCTC usually last from one to seven weeks. Treatments are done as out-patient procedures, allowing the patient to return home following each treatment.
There is strong evidence that patients have better quality of life when they are treated in familiar surroundings and able to return to their homes and families after treatments. The ability to return home also provides significant cost savings, compared to frequent trips or lengthy stays in another city.
Typical cancers treated at Regional Cancer Treatment Center include: skin, lung, breast, head and neck, gynecologic, prostate, colorectal, lymphomas and metastatic disease of all kinds.
Radiation therapy involves the destruction of cancer cells with high energy beams. Approximately one-half of all cancer patients receive radiation therapy treatment. This is the primary treatment for many cancers and can possibly be an alternative to surgery. Radiation affects cancer cells by destroying the cancer cell's ability to reproduce itself, thus stopping or slowing the growth of the cancer. It also affects cancer cells more severely than healthy cells. Cancer cells are sick cells that cannot repair themselves as quickly as healthy cells when damaged by radiation, thus giving healthy cells an advantage as your body fights the cancer.
3D Treatment Planning
Three-dimensional conformal radiation therapy is a valuable asset at the Regional Cancer Treatment Center. A treatment planning CT scan is performed in the treatment position and, using the treatment planning computer, the radiation therapy fields are designed. This allows a more accurate treatment of a cancer and spares more of the normal adjacent tissue. This achieves the goal of cure or palliation (pain relief) while minimizing the potential for side effects or complications from the treatment.
Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) and Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)
IMRT and IGRT are available at Regional Cancer Treatment Center. For select cases, IMRT allows higher doses of radiation to be delivered directly to tumors and cancer cells, while protecting surrounding organs and tissues. IMRT with IGRT gives lower doses of radiation to healthy tissues and can have fewer side effects and complications. IGRT gives the ability to track the tumor during treatment even if it shifts as a result of breathing or movement of the bladder and bowels. IGRT can be used apart from IMRT for localization.
Current Equipment Includes:
— Varian 21EX Linear Accelerator with 120 multileaf collimator and on-board imaging
— Brilliance Big Bore CT Simulator
— ADAC Pinnacle treatment planning computer
— ARIA record and verify system