He works with a team of professionals, such as our medical physicist, medical dosimetrist, radiation therapists, and an oncology nurse. We also work in coordination with the local American Red Cross that provides drivers, (from Red Cross and ACS), for transportation assistance to appointments.
Within the Oncology department, a state of the art Varian TrueBeam linear accelerator provides revolutionary image-guided radiotherapy technology that offers increased comfort, power and accuracy. It delivers radiation therapy in a shorter amount of time while having the added benefit of monitoring and compensating for tumor motion. This technology introduces new possibilities for the treatment of breast, lung and prostate cancers, as well as cancers of the head, neck and other areas of the body that are treatable with radiation.
IMRT (Intensity Modulation Radiation Therapy) is now offered at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center Kingsbury Pavilion. This type of treatment is a breakthrough in cancer care because it delivers high doses of radiation precisely to the cancer cells with minimal effect on healthy tissue. It's more effective and typically has fewer side effects.
Following clinical evaluation and review of all pertinent imaging studies, the radiation oncologist, with technical assistance from our medical physicist, uses the treatment planning computer to target the cancer. As the cancer may be deeply located within the body, CAT scan information is often used to assist in this targeting process. The simulator may then be used in conjunction with this computerized targeting process to determine the correct points of entry for the radiation beams on the patient. Once the planning process is complete, the linear accelerator is used to deliver the radiation to the exact location and in the dose as prescribed by the radiation oncologist.