Radiation Oncology Center
One of the most advanced treatment centers of its kind, Winthrop’s Radiation Oncology Center is a free-standing facility dedicated to providing adult and pediatric cancer patients with targeted, powerful radiation therapy for a wide range of cancers.
With a multidisciplinary team approach that involves collaboration with the Institute for Cancer Care’s surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, and gynecologic oncologists the Center’s staff comprises:
- Bladder Cancer
- Brain Cancers
- Breast Cancer
- Childhood Cancers
- Colorectal/Gastrointestinal Cancer
- Esophageal Cancer
- Head and Neck Cancer
- Gynecologic Cancers (Women’s Cancers)
- Lung Cancer
- Multiple Myeloma
- Pancreatic Cancer
- Prostate Cancer
- Soft Tissue and Bone Sarcomas
- Spine Tumors
- Stomach Cancer
- Thoracic Cancer
Together, their mission is to provide each patient with expert, individualized radiation therapy plans, underscored with compassion and understanding. While undergoing radiation therapy, each patient is carefully and constantly monitored by the physicists and physicians, who communicate through the use of closed-circuit television and intercom systems, providing patients with a sense of comfort and guidance during their procedures.
- Radiation Oncologists - Board Certified specialists in oncology and radiation therapy, who prescribe the radiation dose and number of treatments, and oversee patients’ treatments.
- Oncology Nurses – Registered nurses with advanced training in oncology, who co-manage patients.
- Physicists – Specialists with extensive training in physics, they are experts in measuring radiation and are responsible for the overall accuracy and safety of treatments.
- Dosimetrists – Experts in radiation oncology treatment procedures. They assist with treatment planning and optimizing the size, shape and arrangement of the area to receive the radiation dose.
- Radiation Therapists – Skilled in administering daily radiation treatments, they participate in the planning and simulation processes, provide care during treatment sessions and are responsible for the safe and accurate operation of the high-tech equipment.
The Center is equipped with the most sophisticated, highly accurate computerized radiation treatment planning and delivery systems, providing the Hospital’s radiation oncology specialists with a remarkable level of control, as well as the ability to modify the intensity of radiation beams so they can customize treatment to each tumor's specific size and shape while sparing healthy surrounding tissue.
Technologies and Techniques
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- ACQSIM CT Simulator – The ACQSIM CT Simulator is the most advanced 3-D simulation system that has set the standard for radiotherapy planning. It enables physicians to reconstruct 3-D images of the tumor and surrounding sites in order to determine its exact size and location in relation to healthy tissue. All treatment planning is based on the initial CT scan. The data is then seamlessly transmitted to the linear accelerator through the advanced computer-based planning system, allowing for the most accurate delivery of radiation for each patient.
- CyberKnife® Radiosurgery
- High-Dose and Low-Dose Brachytherapy - Radioactive seed implantation, or brachytherapy, is provided for treatment of prostate and gynecological cancers, as well as tumors of the head and neck, stomach and lungs. Using advanced computerized technology, Winthrop’s Radiation Oncology team plans the placement of the seeds to achieve maximum therapeutic impact. With the expert assistance of Winthrop’s radiation physicists.
- IGRT (Image Guided Radiation Therapy) - Winthrop now has the Varian Truebeam Linear Accelerator. This technology enables the patient to be imaged prior to each treatment with adjustments being made to ensure that every treatment is accurate to within millimeters. This is the most advanced conventional linear accelerator available to treat radiation oncology patients.
- IMRT (Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy) - With IMRT, radiation is broken up into thousands of thin beams that can enter the body at different angles to penetrate the tumor. IMRT uses very sophisticated computer hardware and software that enables radiation oncologists to sculpt the beams to the three-dimensional shape of the tumor and vary the radiation dose within a single beam. This allows for the delivery of higher, more effective doses to the tumor while minimizing radiation exposure of surrounding normal tissue.
- Linear Accelerator - Based External Beam Radiation - Winthrop’s three linear accelerators are capable of delivering a wide variety of radiation energies, depending on individual patient needs. The Clinac® 21EX Platinum accelerator can be pre-programmed to conform to the exact shape and size of the tumor site for specific areas of the body, eliminating the risk of irradiating normal tissue. The high-powered linear accelerator provides the prescribed dose of radiation therapy in approximately 30 seconds, allowing for speedy and short patient-treatment sessions.
- Pediatric Radiation - Pediatric radiation oncologists are skilled in treating childhood cancers with radiation doses very different from those used for adults. Additionally, they always consider their patient's future, designing treatment plans not only for their young patients at the time of diagnosis, but also tailoring the plans to reduce the burden of long-term serious side effects.