Administering therapeutic radiation involves a team approach. Mercyhealth team members include a radiation oncologist, a medical physicist, medical dosimetrists and radiation therapists. Other members of the team provide support services and include a registered nurse, social workers, patient financial counselors, a dietitian, tumor registrars and a receptionist.
Each patient’s radiation treatments are individualized based on numerous factors, including the cancer type, stage of the disease, and the site to be irradiated. The goal of radiation therapy is to deliver an effective dose of radiation directly to the tumor while minimizing damage to surrounding healthy tissues.
The radiation oncology team carefully coordinates the therapy that is administered to each patient, assuring quality care. Ongoing communication is maintained with the patient’s primary care physician and referring specialty physician to ensure continuity of care. Additional specialty services, such as medical genetics, are engaged as appropriate.
The Janesville Radiation Oncology Department houses two Elkta Versa HD linear accelerators. One is equipped with the Vision RT, a motion management system that provides real-time optical guidance technology. Both are capable of delivering three-dimensional external beam radiation therapy treatments,intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT), image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT), stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) and sterotactic radiosurgery (SRS) treatments.
The Rockford Radiation Oncology Department houses an identical Elekta Versa HD linear accelerator equipped with Vision RT, with the same state of the art capabilities and functionality to be able to treat homogeneously as the Janesville Radiation Oncology system.
All oncology patients have the option to participate in clinical trials. Mercyhealth Cancer Centers are members of Easter Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) and/or NRG Oncology, as well as the Wisconsin Oncology Group (WON).