If the diagnosis is cancer, patients can take comfort in knowing that the Cancer Center’s multidisciplinary team of specialists, including board-certified surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and pathologists, work together to create individualized treatment plans. In addition to offering highly skilled physicians, emphasis has been placed on providing patients with some of the most advanced technology available.
Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
Uses computer-controlled x-ray technology to deliver precise radiation doses to tumors with minimal complications for surrounding healthy tissue.
Software that allows for a 3D view of the tumor for accurate placement of treatment.
Sterotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT)
A form of radiation therapy treating tumors in the lungs, liver, pancreas, spine and other areas of the body with pinpoint accuracy.
- SBRT uses custom mapping to account for a patient's anatomy, breathing, and organ motion pinpointing the exact location of even the smallest tumor, sparing organs and decreasing any surrounding tissue damage.
- With SBRT we can deliver a single, high-dose radiation treatment so patients are often able to complete their therapy in a shorter time-frame than traditional radiation therapy.
Prostate seed implants deliver a high dose of radiation to malignant prostate tissue and limit exposure to surrounding organs. Tiny radioactive pellets called “seeds” are implanted directly into the prostate, minimizing the dose of radiation to the bladder and rectum. The use of ultrasound guidance ensures accurate seed implantation and effective distribution.
High Dose Rate Brachytherapy
HDR treatments offer a substantial reduction in overall treatment time combined with the ability to treat cancers from within specific tumor sites, as opposed to delivery of external radiation therapy. This technique translates to lower toxicity to normal structures and organs and is of proven benefit for certain patients with breast, endometrial, lung and prostate cancer.
Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)
provides an image just before the delivery of radiation, which enables radiation oncologists to verify the exact location of the tumor.
Multileaf Collimator (MLC)
device that is made up of “leaves” to block radiation beams. MLC’s are used during the treatment planning process to accurately design the size and shape of the radiation beam needed to target the tumor.
This treatment uses special medications to stop or slow the growth of cancer cells.
Treatment of individuals with non-cancerous blood disorders or non-solid types of cancer, such as sickle cell anemia, Hodgkin’s disease and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Position emission tomography/computed tomography combines the strengths of two well-established imaging systems to more accurately diagnose and locate cancers. This technology combines the strengths of two well-established imaging systems into one, to more accurately diagnose and locate cancers. These scans are noninvasive, usually painless and take about 30 minutes to complete. Physicians are able to locate breast cancer faster and more accurately by pinpointing the location of tumors with the superior images produced by the PET/CT imaging system – and patients require fewer scans. This fast and accurate detection and diagnosis assists physicians in developing effective treatment plans for patients.
Wide Bore Computed Tomography Scanner
This CT scanner allows radiologists to customize patient treatment positions and provides advanced imaging access for obese or claustrophobic patients.
Genetic Testing & Counseling
Available at the Charline & Sidney “Chief” Dauphin Cancer Screening & Prevention Center; this program includes cancer risk assessment and genetic testing for those at high risk for breast, ovarian, colorectal and melanoma cancer.