Capital Health Radiation Oncology, part of the Cancer Center, provides many options for radiotherapy and stereotactic radiosurgery with greater convenience and efficiency as well as fewer side effects. Combining technologies such as the TrueBeamTM Linear Accelerator and CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery System, Capital Health is proud to be one of only a few hospitals in the country to have two of the most advanced radiation devices under one roof to provide the most efficient treatment plans for patients.
TrueBeam Linear Accelerator
Capital Health Cancer Center was the first hospital in the region to offer the TrueBeam Linear Accelerator. TrueBeam is the latest, state-of-the-art linear accelerator available and it provides a unique approach to cancer treatment. It gives our physicians and multidisciplinary teams the ability to manage challenging cancers with unparalleled ease and precision anywhere in the body, including the lung, liver, prostate, abdomen, pelvis, breast, head and neck. TrueBeam rotates around the patient to deliver a prescribed radiation dose from nearly any angle. It can perform traditional 3-D conformal radiation therapy, intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), RapidArc® radiotherapy, and stereotactic radiosurgery.
Capital Health physicians are licensed to offer a new FDA-approved treatment to patients with colorectal cancer that has metastasized to the liver. The treatment uses small beads containing radiation that are injected directly into the tumor. SIR-Spheres® microspheres are a medical device used in Selective Internal Radiation Therapy (SIRT). By directing high doses of radiation precisely into the tumor, healthy liver tissue can be preserved.
CyberKnife Radiosurgery, a non-invasive procedure used to treat tumors of the brain, spine and other areas throughout the body, has been available at Capital Health since 2007. This treatment option gives hope to thousands of people with tumors and lesions once considered inoperable.
CyberKnife Radiosurgery takes treatment of benign and malignant tumors to a new level. Extraordinarily accurate, the radiation beams can be sculpted to reach small, deeply imbedded, complex masses minimizing damage to healthy tissue when compared to other types of radiation therapy. This remarkable capability provides unparalleled access to previously unreachable and untreatable tumors throughout the body when radiation therapy is indicated.
What does CyberKnife treat?
CyberKnife is able to treat tumors of the brain, spine, lung, liver, pancreas and prostate. It can also treat other conditions such as:
- Benign brain tumors such as acoustic neuromas, meningiomas, pituitary adenomas, craniopharngiomal hemangioblastoma, schwannomas
- Malformations of blood vessels within the brain, such as arteriovenous malformations (AVMs)
- Trigeminal neuralgia
- Metastatic orbital tumors and orbital lymphomas
High Dose Rate (HDR) Radiation Therapy
HDR offers additional treatment options as it differs from traditional modalities. HDR treats cancer by placing radioactive sources directly into or next to the cancer, which enables our staff to deliver a high dose with minimal impact to surrounding healthy tissue. HDR has proven to be a successful treatment for cancers of the prostate, cervix, endometrium, breast, skin, bronchus, esophagus, head and neck, and soft tissue sarcoma.