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.
Novalis TX Radiosurgery
As one of the most advanced cancer treatment options available, Novalis Tx™ radiosurgery is changing the face of cancer treatment. Novalis TX radiosurgery shapes the cancer-fighting radiation beam around your tumor or lesion, ensuring that the maximum prescribed dose of high-energy radiation is delivered to the entire tumor or lesion while protecting surrounding healthy tissue. It also adapts treatment to your breathing and other body movements so that radiation delivery is safe, complete and accurate. Flexible treatment options ensure that you receive the best treatment for your condition. Frameless radiosurgery offers you a more comfortable and non-invasive alternative to other radiosurgery systems which require immobilization with a head ring that attaches to the skull. Learn more here.
Stereotactic Radiation Therapy (SRS / SRT)
Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) is a radiation treatment of a central nervous system tumor that is applied in a single session with a high dose of radiation. Stereotactic Radiation Therapy (SRT) is similar to SRS but it is applied in up to five treatments. These methods allow delivery of a high dose of radiation to the tumor or tumors with significantly lower dose to surrounding brain tissue. This results in the ability to control the disease with reduced side effects. SRS and SRT can be used to treat malignant or benign tumors as well as other conditions such as trigeminal neuralgia.
Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT)
Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) is a treatment procedure similar to stereotactic radiosurgery, except it is used in areas outside the central nervous system. It targets the exact location of the tumor and delivers either a single high dose radiation treatment or a few fractionated radiation treatments (up to 5 treatments). SBRT is not available for all cancers and you should speak with your physician to determine if you would benefit from SBRT or standard radiation therapy techniques.
Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) and Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)
MRT 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.
Superficial Radiotherapy is a low dose radiation therapy option for superficial treatment of skin cancers including basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Treatment is delivered with excellent cosmetic outcomes and can provide a non-surgical alternative for treating primary skin lesions especially in areas of the head and neck.
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.
Current Equipment Includes:
— Varian Novalis TX
— On-Board lmager for Cone Beam CT
— ExacTrac X-ray Positioning System
— ExacTrac Robotic Couch
— Varian 21EX Linear Accelerator with On-board Imaging
— Xstrahl 100 Superficial Radiotherapy System
— Philips Brilliance Big Bore CT Simulator
— Brainlab Stereotactic Treatment Planning System
— Philips Pinnacle Treatment Planning Computer
— ARIA Record and Verify System