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Saint Clare’s offers the region’s most advanced radiation treatment
and technology for various types of cancers. Our accomplished radiation
oncologists utilize the following treatment protocols and therapy delivery
RapidArc® Volumetric Arc Therapy is delivered using a medical linear accelerator outfitted with an on-board
imaging system that generates images to guide patient placement and treatment
delivery. During a
RapidArc®treatment, delivery of the radiation treatment is shaped and reshaped as
it is continuously delivered from virtually every angle in a 360-degree
revolution around the patient.
Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT): Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) is an advanced mode of high-precision
radiotherapy that utilizes computer-controlled linear accelerators to
deliver precise radiation doses to a malignant tumor or specific areas
within the tumor. IMRT allows for the radiation dose to conform more precisely
to the three-dimensional (3-D) shape of the tumor by modulating—or
controlling—the intensity of the radiation beam in multiple small
volumes. IMRT also allows higher radiation doses to be focused to regions
within the tumor while minimizing the dose to surrounding normal critical
Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) one of the most cutting-edge innovations in fighting cancer, combines imaging
and treatment capabilities into a single treatment system. Because tumors
can move, IGRT allows oncologists to see and track the tumor at the time
of treatment, and to make very fine adjustments to patient position to
greatly increase the precision and accuracy of radiation therapy treatment.
Knowing exactly where the tumor is allows clinicians to irradiate only
the tumor, sparing the surrounding healthy tissue. This enhanced accuracy
results in higher radiation doses to the tumor, creating an increased
likelihood of controlling or eliminating the cancer.
High Dose Rate (HDR) Brachytherapy: Radiation oncologists use brachytherapy to apply a radioactive source,
sometimes referred to as a radioactive seed, directly to the tumor while
sparing nearby healthy tissue and surrounding organs. The seed is usually
inserted using catheters, needles or applicators inserted into a body
or directly into the tumor during a simple outpatient procedure.
Mammosite Brachytherapy (HDR therapy for breast cancer) received FDA clearance in 2002, is available at Saint Clare’s. MammoSite’s
targeted radiation therapy works from the inside, meaning that a higher
daily dose can be used for a shorter period of time, five days instead
of the traditional radiation therapy course of five to seven weeks. Based
on the HDR brachytherapy approach, MammoSite places the radiation source
inside the space left when a breast tumor is removed. This delivers radiation
to the area where cancer is most likely to recur. The treatment is provided
daily over the course of five days, at intervals indicated by your oncologist.