Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada Radiation Oncology
Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada offers a variety of cancer treatment options including radiation oncology.
Radiation therapy, or radiation oncology, is quicker, safer and more precise than ever before. Radiation oncologists at Comprehensive use 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.
Comprehensive’s Radiation Oncology Division earned a three-year term of accreditation from the American College of Radiology, making it the only oncology practice in Southern Nevada to receive the accreditation for seven consecutive three-year terms. The 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:
CyberKnife® Radiosurgery is exclusive to Comprehensive and is the most powerful advancement in cancer treatment ever available in Southern Nevada. Operated by Comprehensive’s own specially trained radiation oncologists, the most experienced radiosurgical team in Southern Nevada, CyberKnife® focuses healing energy on tumors anywhere on the body with precision never before possible. This type of ultra-precise radiotherapy protects the surrounding healthy tissue and if often used to treat brain tumors, lung tumors, liver lesions, prostate cancer, spine tumors and many other hard-to-reach tumor sites.
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.
Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) uses three-dimensional imaging to deliver varied radiation doses to different areas simultaneously. In some tumor types such as prostate cancer, this technology can deliver higher doses of radiation therapy while reducing the amount of radiation exposure to surround healthy tissue.
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.
SpaceOAR® hydrogel is an option for men who undergo radiation treatment for prostate cancer. It acts as a spacer providing space between the rectum and the prostate, making it much less likely that the rectum is exposed to radiation. It is injected into place prior to the start of radiation treatment. Patients may be awake or asleep under general anesthesia for the procedure. SpaceOAR® hydrogel is not painful, remains stable during radiation therapy and then is gradually absorbed by the body after radiation therapy has been completed.
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.
Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT) uses IMRT and IGRT to deliver high precision radiation treatments, and can complete treatments in 30 to 90 seconds.
Radiopharmaceuticals are pharmaceutical drugs which have radioactivity and can be used as diagnostic and therapeutic agents. Radiopharmaceuticals offered at Comprehensive Cancer Centers include Xofigo and Zevlin.
Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada has been provided by ASTRO, an Introduction to External Beam Radiation Therapy informational video that explains the radiation treatment process from start to finish while addressing frequently asked patient questions and concerns:
American College of Radiation (ACR) Accredited
American College of Radiology (ACR) is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists. An ACR accreditation ensures that your treatment will be done at a facility that has met the ACR’s highest level of quality and radiation safety. Comprehensive’s facility, and its personnel, have gone through a comprehensive review to earn accreditation status.
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