The Hope Cancer Care Center
Patients treated at the Hope Cancer Care Center have the latest radiation treatment available, Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy or IMRT. Sites of disease for which IMRT may be more beneficial than conventional or conformal radiotherapy include certain head and neck cancers, prostate cancers and breast cancers. It is also being used in some centers for GI and lung tumors.
The advantage of IMRT over conventional or conformal treatment is the ability to deliver higher doses of radiation to sites of disease while sparing radiation from healthy tissues that do not need to be included in the radiation portal. Each treatment takes a little longer to deliver (2 to 5 minutes of beam time per field vs. 30 seconds with conventional fields) but the overall number of fractions and treatment interval is similar. Usually more beams or segments are required to complete an IMRT fraction than a conventional fraction.
Hope Cancer Care Center and the Cancer Care Team work to meet the needs of all radiation therapy patients. We collaborate with your physician to develop and implement progressive treatment regimens while using the most advanced diagnostic tools, state of the art equipment and proven treatment techniques.