The administration of therapeutic radiation involves a team approach. 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.
The radiation oncology team carefully coordinates the therapy that is to be administered to the patient, assuring quality care. Ongoing communication is maintained with each patient’s primary care physician and referring specialty physician, such as the urologist, gynecologist, otolaryngologist, medical oncologist, and/or surgeon to ensure continuity of care.
The Janesville radiation oncology department houses two linear accelerators: a Siemens Oncor and a Siemens Artiste, both of which are capable of delivering three-dimensional external beam radiation therapy treatments, intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT). The Artiste is also capable of stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) and stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) treatments with the assistance of the Vision RT and BrainLab systems, that provide real-time optical guidance technology and precision radiation planning, respectively.
The Rockford radiation oncology department houses a Varian TrueBeam™ linear accelerator, which can be used for image-guided radiotherapy and radiosurgery, intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), RapidArc® radiotherapy and Gated RapidArc®.
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.