Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center – Radiation Oncology
Since February 4, 2013, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center has been providing radiation oncology services at University of Miami Hospital. Named Sylvester West Radiation Oncology, the services are located on the first floor of the hospital. Parking in an adjacent lot, makes access very convenient for outpatients.
Patients receive the same acclaimed radiation oncology services available at the main Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Inpatients have the convenience and ease of receiving radiation oncology treatment within the hospital.
Services available at Sylvester West Radiation Oncology
Patients are seen by University of Miami faculty physicians. These board certified radiation oncologists specialize in a number of disease sites, including breast, sarcoma, lung, genitourinary, gynecological, gastrointestinal, and central nervous system cancers, among others.
CT Simulation for Radiation Therapy
A CT simulation for radiation therapy follows the initial radiation therapy consultation. CT simulation includes a CT scan of the area of your body to be treated with radiation. The CT images acquired during your scan will be reconstructed and used to design the best and most precise treatment plan for you. The simulation portion of your radiation therapy regimen ensures that your treatments will target the area of concern, while avoiding surrounding critical structures.
Conventional Radiation and IMRT
The linear accelerator at Sylvester West can be used to deliver both conventional radiation therapy and intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). IMRT involves the use of advanced software to plan a precise dose of radiation, based on tumor size, shape and location. The linear accelerator delivers radiation in sculpted doses that match the exact 3D geometrical shape of the tumor, including concave and complex shapes.
Linear Accelerator with RapidArc
RapidARC is a new approach to image-guided, intensity-modulated radiation therapy that delivers precise treatments in shorter times than conventional IMRT. RapidArc represents a major medical advance and is more comfortable for patients because they spend less time in their daily treatments. A fast, precise RapidArc treatment can take significantly less time than other forms of radiation therapy. Patients can be in and out of treatment quickly and return to their daily routine.
Gamma Knife Radiosurgery
Gamma Knife radiosurgery is a type of radiation therapy used to treat tumors and other abnormalities in the brain.
Despite its name, the Gamma Knife isn’t a knife but is a machine that delivers a single, finely focused, high dose of radiation to its target, while causing little or no damage to surrounding tissue.
The precision of Gamma Knife radiosurgery results in minimal damage to healthy tissues surrounding the target. In some cases, Gamma Knife radiosurgery may have a lower risk of side effects compared with other types of radiation therapy. Also, Gamma Knife radiosurgery is often a safer option than is traditional brain surgery. Gamma Knife treatment is planned and delivered with the combined expertise of neuroradiologists, neurosurgeons and radiation oncologists who have received advanced training in this technique.
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