Radiation oncology is a discipline that treats all types of cancers. Radiation injures or destroys cells in areas being treated by damaging the cells’ genetic material, thus making it impossible for the cells to continue to divide and spread. The Aultman Radiation Oncology Department provides advanced personalized care to cancer patients specific to their individual tumor and clinical situation.
The radiation oncology care team is made up of physicians, physicists, dosimetrists, radiation therapists, nurses and support staff. The team effectively uses some of the latest radiation oncology technology and techniques to provide leading-edge radiation care to patients and community. We are dedicated to provide conscientious and compassionate care to patients every time.
Aultman Hospital’s Radiation Oncology technology and delivery methods enhance our ability to manage cancer more successfully with fewer side effects for patients. The following technology and delivery methods are available for patients:
Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) – IMRT allows higher doses of radiation to be delivered directly to tumors and cancer cells, while surrounding organs and tissues are protected.
RapidArc Technology – RapidArc shortens treatment time and can further improve precision of the radiation treatment. The dynamic multileaf collimator (MLC), variable dose rate, and variable gantry speed together generate IMRT-quality dose distributions in a single arc or rotation around the patient.
Conebeam Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) – Conebeam IGRT technology enables CT images of the tumor and surrounding tissue to be acquired before each daily treatment. The daily CT image is compared to the initial treatment planning CT image and adjustments are made to the patient position. Conebeam CT technology improves precision by conforming each daily treatment to the intended treatment plan.
Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) – A radiation technique that uses precise patient positioning and extremely accurate radiation delivery to treatment brain lesions in one or up to five treatments. Sophisticated immobilization devices are utilized in conjunction with a Varian linear accelerator to give treatment with great precision, speed and patient comfort.
Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT) – Uses the same precise technique to treat tumors outside of the brain. This is most often used for small tumors in the lung, liver or spine.
High Dose Rate (HDR) Brachytherapy – A highly radioactive source of Iridium 192 is positioned throughout complex applicators to deliver a high dose of radiation quickly and directly to the tumor site. Most often used to treat uterus or cervical cancers.
Prostate Brachytherapy – A technique where radioactive iodine seeds are implanted directly into the prostate. The radiation therapy is effectively delivered continuously over a number of months. The activity of the seeds diminish over time within the patient and become harmless.
For more information, contact the Aultman Radiation Oncology Department at 330-363-6201