At the Cambridge Regional Cancer Center (CRCC), we take a multi-disciplinary approach to cancer treatment.
In most cases, we will be able to manage every aspect of your cancer treatment, from diagnosis to recovery. If yours is a complex case, we’ll recommend the closest, most appropriate cancer treatment facility, and work with you and your family to arrange for travel and accommodations. Our team will stay in touch with you throughout your treatment and help you through recovery and remission.
Radiation therapy is a common cancer treatment that uses radiation to kill cancer cells. It may be combined with cancer surgery and/or chemotherapy. The Cambridge Regional Cancer Center offers radiation therapy in Guernsey County.
Radiation treatment works by damaging the DNA of cancer cells, preventing them from multiplying and causing cell death. Radiation can kill healthy cells too, so your radiation oncologist will closely monitor your condition throughout the course of your treatment.
Our radiation treatment team will work with you to determine the best plan for your care, including if your treatment will be through 3D Treatment Planning or IMRT.
3D Treatment Planning
3D treatment planning and delivery techniques have been major research interests at academic hospitals for more than twenty years. CT scanners can be used to obtain a detailed 3D description of a patient's internal anatomy. The 3D information is used to create elaborate 3D models of the tumor volume and any organs to be protected during irradiation. The goal of 3D conformal radiotherapy treatment planning is to shape the spatial distribution of the prescribed radiation dose so that it matches the shape of the 3D target volume (cancerous cells) as closely as possible, while at the same time, minimizing dose to surrounding normal anatomy (healthy cells).
Intensity modular radiation therapy (IMRT)
An IMRT delivers radiation from outside the body to increase the dose to the disease sites, while decreasing doses delivered to surrounding, healthy tissue. IMRTs help determine the direction of the optimal radiation beams, the weight of the beams, and modifications of the beam intensity pattern. The Cambridge Regional Cancer Center has the advanced imaging technology and patient positioning equipment that is required to complete IMRTs and target the specific malignant tumors with sub-millimeter accuracy
To assist in the accuracy of IMRTs, we employ the use of Fiducial Implanation. This verifies the position of a patients tumor by identifying the tumor in time and space using an implanted radio-opaque metal marker.
Your Cambridge Regional Cancer Center radiation oncologist will consider a number of factors when determining how to apply a course of radiation treatment, including:
- The type of cancer you have
- The stage (progression) of your cancer
- Where the cancer is located in your body
- Your overall health and wellness
Every patient will react differently to radiation treatment. Your radiation oncologist and/or nurse will speak with you about the potential side effects of radiation and how you can handle them throughout and after your treatment.
The Cambridge Regional Cancer Center’s equipment includes:
- Linear accelerator with multi leaf collimation
- CT simulator
- 3D treatment planning system
- Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)