Our expert staff includes highly trained doctors, medical physicists, dosimetrists, radiation therapists and registered nurses that are certified and specialized for your care. We are the region's most advanced radiation therapy treatment center – receiving the first Radiation Oncology (ACR-RO) accreditation from the American College of Radiology in 2011.
Recent expansion of Renown radiation therapy includes the latest technology treatment machines, Varian TrueBeam, providing the most accurate treatments available anywhere in the market today.
Radiation Therapy is a technology that delivers highly precise treatment to target cancerous tumors. Our radiation therapists provide treatment to ensure pinpoint accuracy while sparing healthy tissue.
Through state-of-the-art technology, your targeted therapy will minimize side effects and help you get back to everyday activities sooner.
Radiation Oncology provides a range of in-patient and out-patient therapy services.
Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)
Image-guided radiation therapy uses all-digital treatment devices with built-in imaging scanners. This allows the doctor to map out the exact location of the tumor and give radiation on the same machine. IGRT technology tracks tumor movement during treatment, which gives doctors the opportunity to make adjustments that ensure accuracy.
Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
The doctor will take three-dimensional scans of the tumor and deliver radiation that is customized to the size, shape, and location of the tumor. The intensity of the radiation is varied (modulated), and the shape of the beam changes as the shape of the tumor changes. IMRT requires the patient to remain still, so the doctor may make a mold or cast to immobilize the patient during the procedure.
External Beam Therapy (3-Dimensional, 4-Dimensional and Conformal)
External Beam Therapy begins with a simulation so that the doctor can find the optimal treatment position. This includes small marks on the skin around the tumor site to help guide the doctor during the procedure. The doctor may also make immobilization devices to help the patient remain still. The treatment itself consists of high-energy radiation targeted directly at the tumor, and may only last for several minutes.
Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS)
Despite its name, stereotactic radiosurgery is a non-surgical radiation therapy; there are no incisions. During treatment, the patient lies on a table while the doctor delivers the high-power radiation to a pinpoint location. Because SRS radiation is so accurate, it’s used to treat small tumors of the brain and spine, while preserving the surrounding healthy tissue.
Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT)
Despite its name, stereotactic body radiation therapy is a non-surgical radiation therapy; there are no incisions. SBRT and SRS are similar, but SBRT deals with tumors outside of the brain and spine. During treatment, the patient lies on a table while the doctor delivers the high-power radiation to a pinpoint location on the body, while preserving the surrounding healthy tissue.
High Dose Rate Brachytherapy (HDR)
High Dose Rate Brachytherapy is a type of internal radiation therapy that involves the temporary insertion of a radioactive source inside the tumor to kill cancer cells and shrink the tumor, while sparing the surrounding tissue. The doctor will remove the device after treatment is complete. HDR is most commonly prescribed for breast, lung and gynecologic cancers.
Low Dose Rate Brachytherapy (LDR)
Low Dose Rate Brachytherapy is a type of internal radiation therapy that uses tiny radioactive “seeds” that are permanently implanted into the tumor. The seeds release low levels of radiation directly into the tumor over several weeks. Once treatment is over, the seeds are left in the body. LDR is often prescribed for prostate cancer patients.
RapidArc is an IMRT treatment that takes just minutes to complete. The RapidArc machine makes one revolution around the body, delivering a precise dose of high radiation to the tumor. As with standard IMRT treatment, the patient must remain perfectly still to accurately treat the tumor, so casts or molds are made to keep the patient still during treatment.
Calypso 4D Localization System
The Calypso Localization System takes images of the tumor site in four dimensions, 25 times per second, to make sure that only cancerous cells are receiving radiation. It’s imperative for radiation treatments to target cancerous tumor cells, and leave the healthy tissue around the tumor unaffected. However, a patient’s body is constantly moving. Coughs, sneezes, gastrointestinal changes and breathing can all alter the position and location of a tumor. The Calypso Localization System ensures the highest level of accuracy.
Surface-Guided Radiation Therapy (SGRT)
Surface-guided radiation therapy tracks the patient’s skin for movement during treatment. This video-based tracking technology monitors movement, ranging from coughs and sneezes right down to the patient’s breathing pattern. When any motion exceeds acceptable levels the beam is cut to avoid giving radiation to healthy tissue.