Advanced Radiation Technology
The Harold & Carole Pump Department of Radiation Oncology offers state-of-the-art Mammosite, Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy and high-dose rate treatment for all stages of cancer.
We accomplish this by using a team approach to cancer care and offering everything a patient may need all under one roof. The Harold & Carole Pump Department of Radiation Oncology offers the most advanced forms of radiation treatments. Your treatment plan may involve surgery, chemotherapy and radiation either alone or in combination with additional treatment methods.
Harold Brazee’s oncologist at UCLA referred him to Afshin Safa, MD, Medical Director, Radiation Oncology because Northridge Hospital “has the best technology to deal with head and neck cancer.” Harold’s cancer was in his left tonsil, close to the jugular and going back towards the spine—a very tricky cancer to treat. But radiation did the trick. “The Cancer Center staff was very friendly and concerned. They not only asked me how I was handling all this; they asked about how my family was dealing with this. Dr. Safa also had a gentle way of dealing with my situation. He was direct and honest, but also very comforting.”
After undergoing surgery, many patients receive radiation therapy to stop the growth of undetected cancer cells. Radiation reduces the chance of recurrence.
This combination of surgery and radiation therapy has long been considered a safe and effective alternative to complete removal of an organ.
The Cancer Center staff understands the enormous amounts of strength it takes for patients and their families to fight cancer, and takes the time to provide individualized care and respect every step of the way. Our goal is to partner with each patient to determine the best road to recovery - according to each unique circumstance.
The Harold and Carole Pump Department of Radiation Oncology offers:
3D Computer Treatment Planning
The entire target area is outlined, as are adjacent organs of concern. The end result is that areas that may have been receiving too little or too much dosage using the conventional approach, can now be adjusted to its proper level. This in turn translates into improved treatment success while decreasing potential undesirable side effects.
Computerized Tumor Localization
An actual target is defined and treatment beams are created to conform to that target. The clear advantage of this approach is that tumors are more accurately treated while uninvolved adjacent organs are spared of unnecessary radiation exposure.
Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
Is the most advanced form of external beam radiation therapy. This state-of-the-art cancer treatment delivers a beam of high-dose radiation, which can take on the precise size and shape of the cancerous growth while reducing radiation to healthy tissue.
Is used for patients with breast, gynecologic, lung or gastrointestinal cancers. Internal radiation treatment is given by placing radioactive material directly into the tumor or close to it. Also called interstitial radiation therapy or seed implantation.
Multiple Energy Electron Beam
Is used for cancers which are not deep and which electrons do not penetrate. This treatment reducing radiation to underlying healthy tissue.
Eligible patients can complete their entire course of treatment in a maximum of five days, rather than undergoing up to seven weeks of daily treatments. The Mammosite procedure delivers radiation therapy from inside the breast. This places the radiation source close to the tissue at highest risk for tumor recurrence. It is intended to provide local radiation therapy following a lumpectomy. Because of it’s less-invasive nature, accuracy and short duration of the treatment, MammoSite could make it easier for more women to consider breast preservation options over mastectomy.
First Facility in the Region to Offer TRILOGY
Trilogy™ Stereotactic System from Varian Medical Systems is the most advanced, sophisticated machine of its type in the world. As the leading image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT) system, Trilogy marks the beginning of a new generation of cancer care. View the patient video guide on stereotactic radiosurgery.
The versatile Trilogy system combines imaging and treatment technologies, and can be used to deliver the widest range of external beam radiotherapies: 3D conformal radiotherapy, IMRT, stereotactic radiosurgery, fractionated stereotactic radiation therapy and intensity-modulated radiosurgery for cancer and neurosurgical treatments.
Advanced imaging capabilities built into the system allow therapists to position patients for treatment with submillimeter accuracy. A respiratory gating system compensates for any tumor movement that occurs as a patient breathes.
The Trilogy system is powerful, and it can deliver radiotherapy doses at least 60 percent faster than conventional accelerators. This shortens the length of time patients need to spend undergoing treatment. In addition, the radiation beam is highly precise, allowing clinicians to deliver treatments with unprecedented accuracy.