TomoTherapy, made by Accuray, combines integrated CT imaging for exceptional treatment accuracy with a helical treatment delivery platform that allows treatment to be continuously delivered to the tumor from every angle. More beam directions also provides assurance that the dose will be confined to the tumor, minimizing impact on surrounding healthy tissue. The TomoTherapy System can efficiently treat large tumors, or multiple tumors in different areas of the body in the same treatment session. The system also enables patients with recurring tumors to receive additional radiation that would not have been performed with older radiation systems.
TrueBeam, made by Varian Medical Systems, integrates the imaging capabilities of TomoTherapy with motion management technology in a sophisticated architecture that makes it possible to deliver precise treatments while compensating for tumor motion. For lung, breast and other tumors subject to respiratory motion, TrueBeam offers an enhanced treatment option that takes breathing patterns into account.
Radiation sessions are short, non-invasive and typically pain-free. Duration of treatment is patient specific.
Radiation oncologists at Anderson Regional Cancer Center are using an innovative technology shown in a clinical study to help prostate cancer patients avoid some of the negative effects of radiation therapy. SpaceOAR Hydrogel is the only FDA-cleared spacer to help reduce the radiation dose delivered to the rectum in men undergoing radiation therapy for prostate cancer.
SpaceOAR Hydrogel is an absorbable gel that creates a temporary space between the prostate and the rectum, designed to reduce the radiation dose to the rectum. Because of the proximity of the rectum and prostate, prostate radiation therapy can cause unintended damage to the rectum, which can lead to fecal incontinence issues or other long-lasting side effects.
Placed through a needle, SpaceOAR Hydrogel is administered as a liquid between the prostate and the rectum, but quickly solidifies into a soft gel that expands the space and pushes the rectal wall away from the high-dose radiation area. The hydrogel stays in place for about three months. After about six months, the hydrogel is naturally absorbed into the body and removed through urine.
Physicist and Dosimetrist
Our radiation physicist takes precise measurements of the radiation equipment output and ensures that the machine delivers the precise dose of radiation. The dosimetrist aids in carrying out your treatment plan by carefully calculating the dose of radiation you will receive and the daily machine settings/parameters.
Your radiation therapy nurse is a registered nurse trained to implement the plan of care your radiation oncologist prescribes. The nurse administers medications and monitors any possible side effects or adverse reactions.
The radiation therapist delivers a prescribed course of radiation therapy as set forth by your radiation oncologist and maintains daily records of these treatments. The radiation therapist takes weekly X-rays of your treatment site to ensure that proper positioning is accurately maintained throughout your radiation treatments.