Radiation Oncology

Radiation Oncology

Radiation therapy, sometimes called radiotherapy, effectively treats cancer by using high-energy rays to pinpoint and destroy cancerous cells. Although radiation therapy is similar to having an x-ray taken of a broken bone, the dose of radiation in cancer treatment is stronger and is given over a longer period of time. The radiation therapy team at Harrington Cancer Center provides state-of-the-art treatment. 

The safest, most modern radiation therapy equipment is used at Harrington Cancer Center. Harrington Cancer Center also provides a clinic in Pampa for the follow-up of radiation oncology patients. 

The Harrington Cancer Center Department of Radiation Therapy is accredited by the American College of Radiology and the American Society for Radiation Oncology.

Treatment Options

Tomotherapy represents cutting edge radiation therapy technology that provides the oncologist unprecedented ability to deliver radiation therapy with great precision. The treatment system ensures accurate delivery using thousands of narrow beams, all targeting the tumor. Tomotherapy can treat different sized tumors and multiple regions while reducing the exposure of healthy tissue.  The system has broad applicability to many forms of cancer including prostate, breast, lung, brain, head, neck, bone, lymphomas and multiple myeloma.  

The Trilogy System with RapidArc makes it possible to deliver all the benefits of Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) in dramatically shorter treatment times, making the treatment experience more comfortable for the patient. With IMRT, a much higher dose of radiation may be given to a tumor without an increase in radiation to the normal tissue surrounding the tumor. Trilogy with RapidArc delivers a precisely sculpted radiation dose distribution with a single 360-degree rotation.  This powerful and accurate tumor-destroying radiation can often be delivered in less than two minutes.  

Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) was first utilized to treat a patient at Harrington Cancer Center on May 10, 2002. Since that time, many patients have been treated using this new technique. IMRT is unique in that it allows the radiation oncologist to increase the radiation dose to the tumor volume, while minimizing radiation exposure to normal structures. 

Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) uses advanced imaging techniques to deliver a targeted radiation dose to a tumor. An advanced coordinate system is used to precisely locate the tumor to ensure proper placesment of the tracking devices. During treatment, we deliver concentrated, highly focused radition treatment. By using the SBRT, less healthy tissue gets damaged by radiation.  

Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) is another radiation therapy technique used at Harrington Cancer Center.  SRS treatment provides the most advanced and accurate non-invasive surgical technology available to treat brain tumors and other abnormalities. SRS sends a thin beam of high-energy radiation to brain irregularities to destroy the diseased tissue. By "shaping" the radiation beam, radiation oncologists can spare normal brain tissue and reduce complications for patients. Allowing medical experts to deliver a large dose of radiation to brain lesions maximizes the effectiveness of treatment. Typically, SRS is only administered once, but it can be "fractionated," or repeated, safely and does not require an in-patient stay. 

SRS is a proven treatment option to traditional invasive brain surgery. It is often recommended to patients when tumors or malfunctions are located near critical areas such as the brain stem, eyes or nerves of the face. 

Brachytherapy is the use of radiation sources to treat patients internally. If you are to receive implant brachytherapy, you will stay in a protected room until the source of radiation is removed. 

High Dose Remote Afterloading uses a temporary radioactive source and the procedure is done as an outpatient at Harrington Cancer Center. 

Low Dose Remote Afterloading also uses a temporary radioactive source, but the procedure requires hospitalization for a few days. 

Prostate Seed Implants use radioactive seeds of either Iodine 125 or Palladium 103 which are permanently implanted to treat prostate cancer.

Iodine 131 Therapy treats thyroid cancer by administering a capsule containing radioactive Iodine 131 which destroys the cancer.