Radiation oncology is the treatment of solid tumors with ionizing radiation, radiation treatments target the cancer cells at the most sensitive part of the cell cycle. This causes tumor cells to be killed, while allowing the healthy normal tissues to survive.
Here at the Osceola Cancer Center the Radiation Department is composed of the Radiation Oncologists, Nurses, Physicists, Dosimetrists, and Radiation Therapists. Our staff specializes in cancer care focusing attention on healing the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of cancer patients.
Our Cancer Center offers some of the latest and newest technology available in the area. We use a GE wide bore light speed CT simulator to identify and locate the tumor and surrounding organs, aiding in the treatment planning process. We have a dual energy Varian Linear Accelerator, with MLC'S (multi-leaf collimation) capable of delivering both photon and electron therapy. The type of energy used for treatment is chosen based on tumor type and location. The MLC'S are computerized blocking devices that shape the radiation beams specifically for each patient's treatment, targeting the tumor while blocking normal tissues. We use portal imaging and IGRT (image guided radiation therapy) to ensure accurate patent positioning. What this means is that patient is delivered with millimeter accuracy on a daily basis. We offer traditional 2-D, 3-D, and IMRT (Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy) treatment planning. IMRT is one of the newest technologies available today. This technique enables treatment of the tumor to a much higher dose than previously allowable and at the same time sparing the surrounding normal tissues.
We are committed to treating each patient based on their individual needs. Our goal is to help heal patients not only physically, but emotionally and mentally, as well.
If you have further questions regarding radiation therapy at Osceola Cancer Center, feel free to contact Kathy Martin, Radiation Nurse Manager, at (407) 933-2775, X342.