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Radiation Therapy

nurses using the varian radiation therapy machine

Blue Water Area's First Radiation Therapy Team

Lake Huron Medical Center's Radiation Therapy Team delivers radiation treatment to nearly 400 patients annually, with state-of-the-art technology and leading edge treatment options. Our highly-qualified and compassionate team is prepared to offer you comprehensive cancer care, because we understand minutes always matter.

What is Radiation Therapy?

Radiation therapy is a type of cancer treatment that uses high doses of ionizing radiation, like x-rays, to kill cancer cells.

Types of Radiation Therapy:

  • External Beam: radiation beams are generated outside the patient by a medical linear accelerator.
  • 3D conformal radiation therapy - shapes the radiation beams to match the shape of the tumor.
  • IMRT (Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy) - the intensity of the radiation is varied (modulated) at various angles by an advanced computer program to minimize dose to nearby healthy tissue.
  • SBRT (Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy) - with BodyFIX immobilization, high doses of radiation are delivered in a shortened course of treatment. BodyFIX enables accurate, precise patient positioning and immobilization, facilitating successful imaging and treatment.
  • SRS (Stereotactic Radiosurgery) - precise treatment of brain and spine tumors in a single treatment.
  • Brachytherapy: radiation sources are implanted inside the body.
  • Gynecological cancer treatments for cervical and endometrial (uterine) cancers - radioactive seeds are temporarily placed near the tumor.
  • Prostate seed implant - radioactive seeds are permanently placed inside the prostate gland.

Advanced Treatment Options

  • IGRT (Image-guided radiation therapy) - uses 2- or 3-D images to pinpoint tumor site during treatment.
  • Respiratory Gating - allows clinicians to correlate tumor position in relation to the patient's respiratory cycle.
  • OSMS (Optical Surface Monitoring System) - tracks a patient's position before and during radiation therapy, to aid in setup and treatment accuracy. Using proprietary 3-D stereo camera units, OSMS tracks thousands of points on the skin surface and compares them to the ideal position with sub-millimetric accuracy.
  • DIBH for left-sided breast cancer (Deep Inspiration Breath Hold) - reduces radiation to the heart.
  • Prone breast immobilization and treatment - to optimally spare heart and lung.
  • Varian TrueBeam® Linear Accelerator with PerfectPitch™ 6 degrees of freedom (6DoF) couch is designed to deliver advanced radiation therapy techniques with a high level of accuracy and reproducibility for leading edge cancer care.

Comprehensive Services

In addition to advanced care radiation treatment and therapy options, patients also benefit from:

  • A collaborative environment highlighted by participation in numerous cancer-specific multidisciplinary tumor boards and clinics.
  • A qualified and compassionate team, including a board-certified radiation oncologist, nurses, radiation therapists, dosimetrist, physicist and social worker.
  • Rehabilitation and support services.
  • Comprehensive breast care including round table discussion with patient and multidisciplinary care team
  • Clinical trials.

For a consultation with a radiation oncology specialist at Lake Huron Medical Center, call 810-216-1484.