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Safer, Convenient Radation Therapy in Orlando

Our team offers you a comprehensive array of state-of-the-art radiation therapy options that are delivered by board-certified radiation oncologists who utilize the most sophisticated technology available to localize and treat lung cancer.  While radiation therapy may be used alone in some cases, it is more often used in conjuction with chemotherapy or surgery.  The specialists at FHCI will work together to determine which therapy is appropriate, as well as the timing of the treatments.

Our Radiation Therapy Technologies at Florida Hospital include:

  • Trilogy: This image guided radiation therapy allows radiation oncologists to select the most appropriate treatment for lung cancer. The full spectrum of treatments is available in one machine, allowing the oncologist to pinpoint the tumor position precisely, since it can move several centimeters during normal breathing. Built-in computer-assisted robotic positioning can also tell if the tumor has moved since the last treatment.
     
  • Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT): IGRT is the most advanced form of radiation therapy available today. With it, doctors can precisely locate and visualize the tumor before each dose is administered. Information gained from radiographic, fluoroscopic or cone beam CT images allow the radiation oncologist to continuously adapt treatment to ensure that the tumor receives optimal doses while minimizing the radiation exposure to surrounding healthy tissue.
     
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery and Radiotherapy: Thanks to advanced positioning technologies, this procedure allows the lesion to be precisely aligned so that high doses of radiation can be administered accurately in one to five treatments. This is a vast improvement over the former method, which required many sessions using smaller doses.
     
  • External Beam Radiation Therapy: High doses of radiation from an external source are targeted to the affected cancer site, minimizing collateral damage to the surrounding, non-cancerous tissue.
     
  • Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT): Combining the highest level of patient comfort with fewer side effects than normal radiation therapy, IMRT is a highly accurate instrument that spares normal tissue, provides superior dose distributions to the cancerous area and can treat tumors located near critical structures.
     
  • Three-dimensional Simulation and Treatment Planning: 3D imaging is used to visualize the target area and map critical structures so an optimal treatment plan can be designed for the patient.
     
  • Multi-modality Image Fusion: Accurate information is essential to effective treatment. This computerized planning technique incorporates the anatomical data from different imaging methods (CT, MRI, PET, etc.) so doctors at FHCI have access to as much information as possible.
     
  • Endobronchial HDR (High Dose Radiation): Used in the bronchial tree to reduce or remove and obstruction caused by a tumor, Endobronchial HDR delivers highly targeted, high doses of radiation to the region

Radiation Therapy for Esophageal Cancer

While esophageal cancer is not exclusively treated with radiation therapy, it is still an important part of the mix of available treatments. Effective strategies often call for a range of solutions that will be discussed collaboratively by FHCI's team of radiation oncologists, surgeons, gastroenterologists, medical oncologists and nutritionists.

Since cancer cells may still be present following surgery or chemotherapy, radiation therapy is used to kill them in order to prevent a relapse. The use of high energy x-rays allows radiation oncologists to focus their efforts on highly specific areas surrounding the esophagus or nearby lymph nodes, which can spread cancer to other parts of the body.

These radiation therapy technologies include:

  • Trilogy: State-of-the-art in scope, Trilogy brings a suite of treatments into a single machine. Operated by a highly trained oncologist, the tumor is pinpointed precisely, even factoring its movement as you breathe normally. Trilogy can also be used to robotically position your tumor so the oncologist can tell if it has moved between radiation therapy sessions.
     
  • Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT): The advent of IGRT allows oncologists to locate and visualize the tumor precisely before a dose is administered. The information is gathered from radiographic, fluoroscopic and cone beam CT images so the radiation oncologist can continuously update treatment. This ensures that the tumor receives the most effective and accurate dosages while preventing collateral damage to surrounding health tissues.
     
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery and Radiotherapy: Advanced positioning technologies allow lesions to be precisely aligned so that high doses of radiation can be targeted accurately. Thanks to this advance, these doses can administered in one to five sessions rather than many sessions using smaller doses.
     
  • External Beam Radiation Therapy: An external source is utilized to focus high doses of radiation on a very small area affected by cancer, allowing the beam to kill the cancerous cells without unduly harming the non-cancerous tissue around it.
     
  • Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT): IMRT is a highly accurate tool that allows radiation oncologists to offer patients superior dose distributions to the cancerous area while remaining extremely comfortable. IMRT has fewer side effects than traditional radiation therapy, yet it allows tumors near critical structures to be treated accurately and effectively.
     
  • Three-dimensional Simulation and Treatment Planning: 3D imaging is used to visualize the area to be treated virtually. The experts at FHCI then use this visualization to map the critical structures so an optimal treatment plan can be designed for the individual.
     
  • Multi-modality Image Fusion: In order to plan therapies accurately, anatomical data is incorporated from different imaging methods (CT, MRI, PET, etc.) to provide computerized planning for effective treatments at the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute.

Delivered by experienced board-certified oncologists, the FHCI utilizes some of the most sophisticated radiation therapy technologies available in the field of medicine. 
Some of the radiation therapies available to patients with mesothelioma include:

  • Trilogy: A state-of-the-art Image Guided Radiation Therapy, Trilogy is an all-in-one machine that provides the radiation oncologist with a full spectrum of treatment tools. Trilogy can even factor in variables such as the tumor’s location as it changes several centimeters as you breathe. It can also log the location of the tumor to see if it has moved between treatments.
     
  • Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT): The most advanced form of radiation therapy available today, IGRT allows doctors to precisely locate and visualize the tumor before each dose is administered. Radiographic, fluoroscopic and cone beam CT images are continuously updated to ensure that the dosage is optimal and to minimize the damage to surrounding tissue.
     
  • Stereriotactic Radiosurgery and Radiotherapy: Allowing extremely precise alignment of the tumor and radiation dose, this therapy allows higher doses to be administered, resulting in fewer visits than traditional treatment regimens.
     
  • External Beam Radiation Therapy: An external source of radiation delivers a high dose to a very specific target area without damaging tissue nearby.
     
  • Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT):Combining a high level of patient comfort with fewer doses and side effects, IMRT is a highly accurate radiation instrument that spares normal tissue while allowing optimal dose distributions.
     
  • Three-dimensional Simulation and Treatment Planning: Computerized planning using 3D imaging allows the medical team planning your treatment to clearly visualize the target area and critical structures.
     
  • Multi-modality Image Fusion: Anatomical data from different imaging modalities (CT, MRI, PET) are electronically incorporated into the planning technique so specialists have access to more data than if they used just a single imaging source.

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