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A Team Approach
Radiation Oncology is one of the treatment options for cancer care in the Elizabeth M. Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care. Utilizing a team approach to treat cancer, specialists work together to plan treatment methods, monitor effectiveness and evaluate progress.
This team approach means your radiation oncologist together with physicists, dosimetrists, nurses, therapists, administrative assistants, and others involved with your care are together under one roof resulting in improved interaction and exchange of information and ideas. Ultimately, care is comprehensive and more convenient for the patient.
Radiation Oncologist: Radiation oncologists are the doctors who will oversee your radiation therapy treatments. These physicians work with the other members of the radiation therapy team to develop your treatment plan and ensure that each treatment is prescribed accurately. Our radiation oncologists are board-certified by the American Board of Radiology.
Medical Physicist: Medical physicists provide technical assistance to physicians, dosimetrists and therapists for the implementation and accuracy of the radiation therapy treatment. Our medical physicists are board-certified by the American Board of Radiology.
Dosimetrist: Medical dosimetrists work with sophisticated computers to create radiation treatment plans based on the radiation oncologist's prescription goals. Their objective is to minimize the dose to normal organs, and maximize the dose to the tumor. Our dosimetrists are board-certified or eligible by the Medical Dosimetrist Certification Board
Radiation Therapists: Radiation therapists work with radiation oncologists to administer the daily radiation treatment under the doctor's prescription and supervision. Radiation therapists also perform CT scans for radiation therapy planning and construct shielding devices. Our therapists are board-certified by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists and licensed by the State of Connecticut.
Radiation Oncology Nurse: Nurses provide all patients and their families with direct nursing care, including an assessment followed during treatment.
Administrative Assistance: Our clerical staff members are available between the hours of 7:00am and 5:00pm to greet and assist patients throughout their radiation treatments. They are committed to help with the consultation process, retrieving medical records, and scheduling appointments as well as handling specific insurance needs.
State-of-the-art technologies for radiation therapy
St. Vincent’s Radiation Oncology Center has state-of-the-art technologies including:
- Novalis TX ™/Exac-trac™
Most advanced stereotactic radiosurgery approach offering patients fast, accurate non-surgical treatments for the brain, head, neck and body utilizes robotic technology to adjust tumor changes in six dimensions.
- GE PET/CT Scanner
Pinpoints the best approach to treatment, as well as how best to monitor the patient’s progress. Motion range can be predicted more accurately during treatment/ planning, achieving a better treatment result.
Intensity modulated radiation therapy and image guided radiation therapy utilized to maximize radiation dose to the tumor and minimizing dose to the normal surrounding tissues.
- 2100EX Linear Accelerator
- GE LightSpeed Large Bore CT Scanner
- Nucletron HDR Brachytherapy Unit
Used for gynecological, breast (mammosite) lung and head/neck treatments.
- Prostate LDR (low dose rate) Treatment using radioactive seed implantation.
Non-invasive option for early stage lung cancer
St. Vincent’s Elizabeth M. Pfriem Center for Radiation Therapy is now offering patients a new non-invasive option for early stage lung cancer referred to as stereotactic body radiation therapy or SBRT (equivalent to the cyberknife). Radiosurgery refers to the precise delivery of high doses of radiation therapy to small regions with pinpoint accuracy. This technology is similar to that developed for the treatment of brain tumors, which has been in use for decades. Click in to read more about SBRT advanced procedure for early stage lung cancer
offered at St. Vincent's Medical Center.
Why choose St. Vincent’s Medical Center
for radiation therapy treatment?
Quality of care is paramount to us. We are always looking for new ways to improve the treatment quality and patient care outcomes. The high level of quality control is achieved through our team approach and accreditation by nationally recognized organizations.
We realize that cancer treatment can be complex and we are here to help counsel and educate patients. Compassion, quality and care are why St. Vincent’s Elizabeth M. Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care should be your choice.
Radiation Oncology Vision Statement:
The compassionate professionals
in Radiation Oncology at the
St. Vincent's Elizabeth M. Pfriem
SWIM CEnter for Cancer Care
will always provide innivative,
Individualized and informed care.
Treatment will be of the highest quality
and considerate of your needs.
It is simply exceptional care
that you can trust.
The Elizabeth M. Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care
The Elizabeth M. Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care is accredited with commendation by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.
Criteria for accreditation include a relationship with the American Cancer Society (ACS) and a representative from the ACS is a member of our Hospital Committee on Cancer.
Click in for additional information about specific cancers listed by ACS, and call the Elizabeth M. Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care's referral line: 1-877-231-SWIM (7946) for more informaton.
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