The St. Francis Cancer Center is equipped with the latest technology available, along with Radiation Oncologists who are trained in both traditional methods and emerging treatments such as Stereotactic Radiosurgery and Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT). For example, one of the many applications of SBRT includes offering lung cancer patients, who aren’t candidates for surgery, a curative radiation option that does not involve any surgical or anesthesia risk9.
This newer technology means treatment can be more precise – allowing the radiation to kill the cancer cells while sparing the nearby healthy tissue. A higher and more effective dose of radiation can be delivered to the targeted area while at the same time reducing side effects compared to older technology. It also increases efficiency so that patients can be treated more quickly.
External Radiation Therapy
The St. Francis Cancer Center uses an ultra-modern linear accelerator (TrueBeam) for external beam radiation treatments. The Truebeam system provides advanced technology and innovations to treat more patients and cancer types. This is the more conventional and common form of treatment where the treating particles come from an external machine aimed at the cancer. Treatment is delivered for a few minutes a day, lasting either a few days up to 8 weeks for certain cancer types.
Internal Radiation Therapy
The Cancer Center also offers internal radiation therapy called brachytherapy. In this type of treatment, a radioactive material is placed inside the body allowing a higher dose of radiation to be applied directly to the tumor and sparing nearby normal tissues.
Our Cancer Center offers both low dose rate (LDR) and high dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy. Each of these therapies are instrumental in the curative treatment for gynecologic cancer, prostate cancer, and other forms of cancer.