Advanced Radiation Oncology
Methodist Hospital has earned a strong and well -deserved reputation for its advanced radiation oncology services. Patients are treated in a beautiful 7,200-square-foot facility directly across from the hospital. The center features:
- The dual-energy linear accelerator (LINAC). The LINAC is equipped with a 120-multi-leaf collimator and portal vision. We have the ability to treat with conventional, intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT). This advanced state-of-the-art form of treatment allows us to deliver a high dose of radiation to the tumor while avoiding the surrounding normal tissue.
- High-dose rate / low-dose rate brachytherapy. With brachytherapy, the radioactive material is applied directly to the tumor site. This includes Mammosite for breast cancer for patients requiring partial breast irradiation and low-dose rate prostate seed implants for prostate cancer.
- Radioactive iodine. This is also called internal therapy. the treatment uses a radioactive form of Iodine 131 to treat hyperthyroidism and thyroid cancer.
- Strontium 89 chloride injection. This is a specially selected form of radioactive strontium, given intravenously for pain for certain types of cancer.