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Radiation Oncology services at the C.R. Wood Cancer Center are provided by a dedicated group of health care professionals including radiation oncologists, physicists, radiation therapists and nurses. All are board-certified in their respective fields.
The department is equipped with state-of-the-art technology including two accelerators, a CT/simulator and a high-dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy system. The accelerators are fitted with the latest features including multi-leaf collimation and digital imaging. This technology enables the department to provide intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) and image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT) for its patients.
In addition to x-ray therapy delivered by the accelerator, which is referred to as external beam radiotherapy, the radiation oncology department has an active brachytherapy or implant therapy service. Brachytherapy is a form of radiotherapy in which small radioactive sources are placed directly into or near a tumor. The brachytherapy service was significantly expanded in 2006 with the addition of the HDR system. HDR has given breast patients another treatment choice besides external beam therapy and has greatly improved the implant treatment of endometrial and cervical cancer.