In the treatment of cancers, oncologists generally use radiation in concert with chemotherapy treatments and surgical procedures. Highly advanced radiation technologies have the ability to target tumors more precisely than ever before, minimizing exposure to nearby healthy tissues and organs.
Watson Clinic’s radiation oncologists utilize a complete inventory of state-of-the-art radiation technologies, including high and low dose rate brachytherapy, image guided radiation therapy, intensity modulated radiation therapy, PET/CT and more.
In addition, they now conduct treatments with new TrueBeam™ linear accelerators
, which has the distinction of being the most powerful cancer treatment technology in the world. These revolutionary machines dispense a uniform dose of high-energy x-ray to the patient's tumor, destroying the cancer cells while sparing the surrounding normal tissue in a more precise manner than has ever been possible before. Improved accuracy also means complex treatments that previously lasted an hour can take as little as five minutes.
The radiation therapy department uses Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) to help aid in the fight against cancer. This is a special external radiation therapy technology that precisely delivers high doses of radiation to smaller tumors in areas such as the lung, liver and spinal column. Because of its high dose capabilities and pinpoint precision, SBRT spares normal tissue while aggressively suppressing tumor growth.
In their ongoing efforts to elevate the quality of cancer care in our community, the Cancer Center proudly debuted a new treatment suite which is truly one of a kind. In stark contrast to the typically cold and sterile feel found in some clinical settings, the new suite is elegantly designed to cater to the female cancer patient, featuring calming pink walls and an ornately tiled breast cancer ribbon on the floor of the entranceway.
The majority of procedures performed in the new high-dose rate brachytherapy treatment suite include those conducted with the AccuBoost system, a patient-friendly, non-invasive radiotherapy treatment for women with breast cancer. High-dose radiation treatments for cervical cancer also take place in the new suite.
For more information about Watson Clinic's radiation oncology services, call the Cancer Center
Please call 863-603-4717 for additional information.