Cancer Center adds latest in radiation therapy
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) is the latest treatment available at Parma Hospital’s Cancer Center. IGRT is used in many types of cancer, including cancers of the prostate, head and neck, upper abdomen and the extremities.
With IGRT, the treatment team has a three-dimensional view of the inside of the patient.
The equipment is engineered to function with the patient on the table so adjustments can be made with the patient in place.
“This is the latest generation of imaging technology on the radiation treatment machine,” said radiation oncologist Suzan Cheng, MD. “IGRT heightens our ability to position the patient accurately to target radiation and assess the tumor’s response to treatment.”
Parma Hospital’s Cancer Center provides a healing environment with compassionate caregivers, along with the most up-to-date medical and radiation therapies for patients faced with this challenging disease. The Commission on Cancer recently awarded a three-year accreditation with commendation to the Cancer Center, whose physicians are affiliated with the Cleveland Clinic’s Taussig Cancer Institute, ranked #1 in Ohio by US News & World Report. The accreditation shows that the Cancer Center exceeded all the standards on which it was judged and gives special recognition to the Center’s quality improvements, compliance and an active outreach program.
The Cancer Center’s high-tech advancements are backed by a comprehensive network of support for patients. The Center’s team of specialists includes a breast health educator who guides breast cancer patients through treatment and an oncology social worker available to all patients diagnosed with cancer.
“Once treatment commences, each team member provides personalized attention to meeting the psychological, social and spiritual needs of each patient and family,” said Dr. Cheng. “We believe our comprehensive support is integral to their positive experience."
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