Advanced Technology to Treat Cancer
The Booker Cancer Center houses the most powerful and precise tools in the fight against cancer, including IMRT, IGRT, and CyberKnife®. You’ll also find the region’s finest radiation oncologists, trained at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Albert Einstein School of Medicine, Fox Chase Cancer Center, and Stanford University, who have the expertise and experience necessary to fully utilize these advanced technologies. All of the technology is compiled and coordinated by a data management system that stores each patient’s information, including demographics, simulation, and treatment planning, to ensure treatment parameters are always accurately matched to the patient’s treatment plan.
This technology, the platform for IMRT and IGRT, permits specialists to deposit variable amounts of radiation in a highly controlled fashion. The Linear Accelerator treatment machine uses a computerized tool to shape the radiation beam in accordance with the optimized treatment plan. The tool can constantly move to change both the shape and intensity of the beam to fit each patient and each tumor size and form.
Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy offers potential benefits for the treatment of many cancer types. The technology enables radiation oncologists to bombard cancer cells with higher doses of radiation than those previously delivered, while keeping exposure to the normal tissue at a minimum.
Image Guided Radiation Therapy provides a unique treatment advantage: it has the potential to achieve both unparalleled tumor control and normal tissue sparing. The radiation beam can be shaped to match the dimensions of a tumor and a high dose of radiation can be delivered to a malignancy without harming surrounding normal tissue. Tumors can move, both during a radiation treatment session and from one treatment session to another, as a result of normal internal organ action (digestion, elimination, and breathing) and small differences in the way the patient is positioned for treatment.
Three-Dimensional conformal Radiation Therapy
Using the wide-boar CT simulator, a device that allows physicians to perform three-dimensional mapping for precision and pinpoint targeting of tumors, radiation oncologists can perform simulations with much greater speed (15-30 minutes vs. 1-3 hours needed for conventional simulation), and much greater comfort for the patient.
High-Dose Rate (HDR) Brachytherapy
Another means of delivering concentrated doses directly to the tumor site without affecting adjacent tissues and organs, this method utilizes a catheter as the means for the radioactive source to travel to the site.
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