The Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute also uses BrainLAB Stereotactic Radio Surgery (SRS) to treat cancers of the brain that require a high degree of precision. SRS is a nonsurgical, highly precise form of radiation therapy. It carries the advantages of surgery without being invasive. With the TrueBeam, BrainLAB planning system, and the ExactTrac framelss radiosurgery system provides our team instantaneous X-Ray imaging for detailed target information based on the patient’s anatomy.
Brachytherapy is one possible treatment for prostate cancer. Brachytherapy is a type of radiation therapy that is given inside the body. Radioactive material is put into the body, as close as possible to the cancer. The tissues surrounding the radioactive material receive the most radiation. As you get further away, the radiation received becomes less. This results in less damage to healthy tissues in the area of the cancer, compared to external beam radiation. Brachytherapy also delivers a higher dose of radiation in a shorter period of time, compared to external beam radiation.
Brachytherapy for Prostate Cancer
Brachytherapy is most often used for prostate cancer that is confined to the prostate gland or the area immediately around it. It may be used in combination with traditional (external beam) radiation when the cancer is more advanced. [Read More]
Brachytherapy for Gynecologic Cancers
Brachytherapy for cervical or endometrial (uterine) cancers is typically done using a “tandem and ovoid” (T&O) applicator or a “tandem and ring” (T&R) applicator, which reaches both the cervix and uterus. Once placed, the applicator is connected to a machine that automatically feeds a radiation source into the applicator, where it remains for a predetermined time. [Read More]
In addition to two Linear Accelerators, we also offer Accuboost as a treatment option. We’re the first in Michigan with the technology and the only one right now. Also, our clinical team is contributing to an APBI data registry which should result in a peer reviewed publication hopefully in Q1 2019.
The AccuBoost Technique is designed to target the radiation to the patient’s tumor bed while, at the same time, limiting the dose to surrounding healthy tissues. With this Technique, the radiation is delivered parallel to the chest wall, minimizing exposure to the heart and lungs and reducing the skin dose. In this approach, the radiation oncologist will use a mammography machine to immobilize the breast for imaging and treatment. The pressure applied is only a fraction of what is typical in mammography, but the immobilization is an enabling feature as it limits tissue movement during imaging and treatment (due to respiratory motion and other sources). The immobilized breast images aid the radiation oncologist in precisely targeting the radiation field. Ultimately, the doctor will use multiple intersecting “beams” of radiation that overlap in the tissue surrounding the lumpectomy cavity, the most likely site for recurrence. [Read More]
Lead by Dr. Paul Kocheril (Optune Certified)
We advocate using: alternating electric field therapy with Optune for Glioblastoma Multiforme as outlined in the NCCN guidelines.