Peninsula Regional Medical Center - Part of Peninusula Regional Health System


Radiation Oncology Center


 

Radiation Oncology Center

The Radiation Oncology Department at the Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute offers state-of-the-art treatment by caring professionals.  Your treatment plan may include radiation therapy alone or in combination with chemotherapy and/or surgery.  Several new treatments at our center provide the latest advances in technology.

  • Stereotactic Radiology accuarately delivers lower doses of focused radiation over a series of treatment sessions.

  • Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) treats hard-to-reach tumors with a high level of accuracy. IMRT uses a powerful, advanced computer system to plan precise doses of radiation in three dimensions based on tumor size, shape and location. 

  • Brachytherapy for the treatment of prostate cancer allows patients with certain types of prostate cancer to have "seeds" implanted directly into the prostate gland in a single sitting.  This eliminates the need for 7-9 weeks of external radiation therapy.

  • MammoSite is a minimally invasive procedure used for the treatment of certain types of breast cancer.  With MammoSite, the radiation is performed twice daily for five days.  This procedure significantly decreases the treatment time normally required for breast radiation.

  • AccuBoost is an image guided, non-invasive radiation therapy technique that accurately targets the radiation dose that a breast cancer patient receives.  The procedure includes a "boost" phase, which is a higher, localized dose of radiation that precisely targets the area where the cancer was removed.

The Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute's Radiation Oncology Department features the Varian Trilogy System, the most advanced, versatile, powerful and precise system in the world, designed for both conventional and stereotactic approaches to treating cancer.  The Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute is among the first centers in the United States to offer this new technology and is the only cancer center on the Delmarva Peninsula to provide patients access to this next generation of cancer care.

The Treatment Process

  • Step 1 - Consultation - You will be interviewed and examined by a Radiation Oncologist and a nurse.  Significant others are welcome to accompany you on this visit.  You will also meet the patient navigators who will be your continual link to any needs you have.

  • Step 2 - Simulation - This is the process used to plan your radiation therapy.  A CT Simulator will be used to take a CT scan.  This provides your radiation oncology team scanned images that are used to develop your radiation treatment plan. 

  • Step 3 - Computerized Treatment Planning - Images from your CT scan are directly transferred to the treatment planning computer.  This system allows our team to determine how the radiation dose will be given.

  • Step 4 - Treatment Verification - Once your treatment is planned, you will be asked to return to our center for verification films.  This is done prior to radiation being delivered to verify the area being treated and your positioning on our treatment machine.

  • Step 5 - Radiation Treatment - Before you begin your treatment, you will be asked to sign a consent form. Treatments are usually given daily, Monday through Friday, at the same time everyday.  The treatment often begins a day or two after the treatment verification.  While under treatment, your radiation oncologist will monitor you weekly.

  • Step 6 - Last Day of Treatment - The nurse and/or radiation oncologist will meet with you on your last day of treatment to give you discharge instructions and answer any questions you may have.  You will be scheduled then to see the radiation oncologist for a follow-up visit.  Follow-up visits are usually conducted two to four weeks after the last day of treatment.

For more information or to make an appointment, call 410-543-7000 or 1-866-9CANCER (922-6237).