Radiation therapy can be used to treat many kinds of cancer in almost any part of the body. In fact, more than half of all oncology patients are treated with some form of radiation, often in combination with other types of treatment, including surgery or chemotherapy. Radiation treatment often requires daily treatment over a period of several weeks. St. Anthony offers state-of-the-art radiation therapy in a modern, comfortable setting.
St. Anthony offers the advanced mode of IMRT (Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy) from a Siemens Oncor linear accelerator which delivers high doses of radiation targeted precisely at tumors, or areas within a tumor. The IMRT technology results in more effective radiation treatment, with fewer side affects to surrounding tissue. A board-certified radiation oncologist evaluates cancer patients, coordinates treatment planning and supervises radiation treatments at the St. Anthony Cancer Center.
Brachytherapy is also available at St. Anthony to treat many cancers. In brachytherapy, the source of irradiation is placed close to the tumor or within a body cavity, allowing a higher than normal dose of radiation to be placed in or adjacent to the tumor. Brachytherapy may be used in addition to IMRT radiation, or it may be used as the only form of treatment. Brachytherapy reduces the risk of damage to healthy tissue and increases the likelihood of destroying the tumor.
The Radiation Oncology Team
The radiation oncology team includes a board-certified radiation oncologist who specializes in using radiation to treat cancer, and prescribes and oversees the type of treatment optimal for each patient in his or her specific situation. The radiation oncologist works closely with other physicians and healthcare professionals involved in each patient’s care.
A board-certified medical physicist is responsible for the equipment that delivers the radiation, as well as the correct application of the radiation prescribed. The physicist works closely with the physician, dosimetrist, and radiation therapists to assure accurate and precise treatment planning and delivery.
A board-certified dosimetrist generates the treatment plan that is used to deliver the radiation therapy treatment. The dosimetrist creates a specific plan for each patient according to the prescription from the radiation oncologist.
Board-certified radiation therapists provide treatment setup, imaging and the daily delivery of treatment under the direction of the radiation oncologist.
A registered nurse, who is experienced in managing the specific needs of radiation therapy patients, helps assure a smooth treatment course.
Available Radiation Therapy Services:
• Consultation and referral
• External Beam Radiation Therapy
• 3-D Conformal Radiation Therapy
• Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
• High Dose Rate (HDR) Brachytherapy
• Follow-up care
More information about St. Anthony Cancer Services is available by calling the St. Anthony Cancer Center at 712-794-5265.