Cancer treatment at Methodist University Hospital
The Radiation Oncology Center at Methodist University Hospital offers a wide range of cancer treatment options with external beam radiation therapy and internal brachytherapy techniques including:
- Conventional – usually a single beam of radiation delivered to the patient from several directions: often front or back and both sides
- Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) – high-precision radiation that can target concave tumor shapes for example when the tumor is wrapped around the spinal cord, a major organ, or blood vessel
- Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) – the use of frequent imaging such as CT, ultrasound, or X-rays, to guide and adjust the radiation beam if tumors move between treatments
- Volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) – using a radiation machine that rotates around the patient in arcs delivering focused beams of radiation to the cancer while reducing radiation to normal tissue. VMAT cuts radiation treatment times by one-half to two-thirds by delivering a more targeted dose to tumors without compromising patient safety.
- Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) – precise, high-dose radiation (usually one to five treatments) delivered to the exact location of the tumor using a specially designed coordinate system.
- Prostate brachytherapy – implanting permanent, radioactive seeds into the prostate, close to the tumor, to deliver radiation without affecting normal tissue. This treatment is used for prostate cancer that has not spread beyond the prostate gland.
- Eye plaque – surgically placing a small, radioactive disc (or “plaque”) in the eye near the tumor. Once the tumor has received enough radiation, the plaque is removed.
- Breast catheter HDR (Breast brachytherapy) – using breast catheters to insert radioactive seeds where the tumor was removed. Seeds deliver high-dose radiation to the cavity and surrounding area and can reduce treatment time from five to seven weeks down to five days.
- Gynecologic HDR – delivery of high-dose radiation to the area of the tumor using a catheter. Radiation is highly targeted, so normal tissue is unaffected and treatment time is shorter.
Cancer Program Accreditation
American College of Surgeons, Commission on Cancer