Radiation therapy

According to recent figures, 65 percent of patients with cancer receive radiation treatment. Since its opening in 1982, the ETMC Cancer Institute’s radiation oncology cancer has served more than 12,000 cancer patients. Onsite radiation oncologists (physicians who specialize in this treatment) and medical physicists supervise the radiation therapy program. The institute’s radiation therapy center provides state-of-the-art technology including the simulation equipment and three-dimensional software that plans treatment and linear accelerators that deliver the radiation therapy.

The center was one of the first in the country to provide a new technology in the treatment of selected brain tumors: stereotactic surgery, which combines the disciplines of neurosurgery and radiation therapy to reduce or eliminate these tumors. With stereotactic radiosurgery, no incision is made. Instead, a surgeon uses what is called an “X-knife” to direct a beam of radiation to a tumor with pinpoint accuracy. This advanced technology reflects the ETMC Cancer Institute’s dedication to providing the most effective and least invasive diagnosis and treatment modalities available.