Medical Services/ Radiation Oncology
Radiation therapy is quicker, safer and more precise than ever before. The Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada (CCCN) radiation oncology team uses the most advanced treatment planning systems and state-of-the-art radiation technology to deliver internal and external radiation that helps prevent cancerous cells from growing or dividing, and potentially eliminates them.
CCCN is the only radiation oncology practice in Southern Nevada accredited by the American College of Radiology. Our accreditation ensures you receive the highest level of quality care available. Accreditation is awarded based upon a peer-reviewed evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. They assess the qualifications of a practice’s personnel, adequacy of equipment, quality control records, quality assessment and outcomes, continuing education records, and peer review.
Your treatment plan may include one or more of the following technologies:
Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) uses three-dimensional imaging to deliver varied radiation doses to different areas simultaneously. By varying the intensity of these doses, our physicians are able to maximize dosage and minimize the amount of radiation distributed to surrounding healthy tissues.
Image-Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT) uses ultrasound, a CT scan, or X-rays to capture images of the treatment area before delivering radiation, and is often used to treat cancers in organs that move, such as the prostate or lung. The use of the highly precise IGRT treatments result in the surrounding healthy tissue receiving less radiation exposure while also reducing radiotherapy side effects.
High Dose Rate Brachytherapy (HDR) uses a radioactive source that is placed inside the tumor site to be treated. Then, a high dose of radiation is given to a limited area, sparing the surrounding normal tissue. HDR brachytherapy lasts only a few minutes in the outpatient setting and causes little discomfort, fewer complications, and a quicker recovery time.
Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) is ideal for treating brain tumors and lesions that cannot be treated by traditional surgical methods. SRS uses a computer-guided radiation therapy system to aim highly-focused beams of radiation directly into brain tumors and other brain abnormalities; very little radiation reaches normal brain cells or tissue. The procedure is typically performed in a one-day session on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia. Patients usually return home shortly after the procedure.
CyberKnife® offers a new approach to Stereotactic Radiosurgery. This outpatient procedure destroys tumors without the risks and complications of conventional surgery. It transmits precise beams of radiation to a wide range of locations, including those in the liver, head and neck, pelvis, lung, pancreas, spine and brain. CyberKnife can also re-treat patients who were previously treated with radiation.