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At Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, we provide leading-edge radiation medicine options with a personalized, patient-first philosophy.
Our multidisciplinary team of experts includes physicians, scientists, physicists, dosimetrists, therapists, and nurses. It’s a holistic approach. And it’s backed by the very latest in advanced radiation therapy technology. We were the first in South Florida to use HyperArc™ to treat brain tumors.
As a patient of our radiation oncology services, you will benefit from more options than any other center in the South Florida region. This includes access to the newest clinical trials. Our focus is on delivering targeted, innovative radiation therapy while ensuring your optimal quality of life.
Radiation oncology treatments zero in on a tumor to destroy cancer cells or keep them from growing. It may be used as a primary treatment for some patients. It can also be delivered before surgery or afterward, our as an important tool to relieve symptoms caused by a tumor.
Your doctor will consider the type of cancer you have and many other factors to decide if radiation oncology is right for you. All treatment options for your exact case will be explained so you can make an informed decision. The following types of radiation treatment are offered by Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.
External radiation therapy is delivered from outside the body. These options make use of a beam of curative energy targeted with pinpoint accuracy.
- Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
- MRI-guided radiation therapy
- Gamma Knife® radiosurgery
- Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT)
- Proton beam therapy
Internal radiation therapy options treat the cancer from within the body. Radioactive substances may be injected or implanted as pellets (also called seeds) in or near the tumor.
- Low-dose-rate (LDR) brachytherapy
- High-dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy
- Permanent implants (seed implantation)
- Liver embolization (radioembolization)
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Radiation therapy is often used to treat a variety of cancers. Your doctor considers the type of cancer you have and many other factors to decide if radiation oncology is right for you.
Browse the different types of cancers we treat:
Our department uses the latest advanced technology for radiosurgery and radiotherapy treatment on brain and spinal tumors. Patients also have access to several innovative clinical studies involving selected types of tumors, including anaplastic astrocytoma, central nervous system lymphoma, glioblastoma multiforme, and brain metastases.
Radiation therapy plays a vital role in the treatment of breast cancer. The usual course of radiation involves treatment five days a week for six to seven-and-a-half weeks. Patients with very early stages of breast cancer may be treated for only five days following tumor removal by high dose rate implantation techniques.
Radiation can successfully treat a variety of eye cancers and benign eye problems as well as cancers that occur outside of the eye but within the bony orbit. These include melanomas of the eye, retinoblastoma in children, the spread of another cancer into the eye (uveal metastasis) or orbit, lymphomas of the conjunctiva, orbit or primary intraocular lymphoma (PIOL), sarcomas of the orbit, squamous cell carcinoma and other cancers of the eyelid and lacrimal gland (tear gland) and lacrimal duct cancers.
All Sylvester head/neck cancer specialists, including the radiation oncologists, work side-by-side in the Sylvester Multidisciplinary Head/Neck Clinic. This fosters maximum interaction and cooperation that benefit each patient directly and make patient evaluation more efficient. In addition, Sylvester's state-of-the-art Dwoskin Proton Therapy Center will allow Sylvester head/neck cancer patients to take advantage of proton therapy in terms of potential reduced short- and long-term side effects compared to more traditional radiation treatment.
The Gynecologic radiation oncology team has multiple tools available to them to optimize the care of patients afflicted with gynecologic malignancies. External beam radiation therapy is often utilized the treatment of these cancers. We utilize the latest in 4D CT, Pet CT fusion and 3T MRI imaging to optimize our identification of target areas.
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating lung cancer. Our team of lung cancer specialists includes thoracic surgeons, medical oncologists, pulmonologists, radiologists, pathologists, and radiation oncologists. This highly specialized team works together to optimize treatment plans for every patient.
For patients with a higher probability that the disease is contained within the prostate, there are multiple treatment options. Patients may be considered for external beam radiation, prostate brachytherapy, radical prostatectomy or active surveillance. Each patient must discuss options with his physician to determine the best course of treatment for his individual case.
Why Choose Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center?
Sylvester is the only NCI-designated cancer center in Florida to offer proton therapy. Our highly skilled physicians have proton expertise work in integrated, collaborative teams to deliver our patients with a range of treatment options that lead to better outcomes and higher survival rates. Its unmatched accuracy can greatly reduce radiation exposure to healthy tissues and potential treatment complications. Here's how it works.
Leading-edge radiation therapy technology. From our pioneering work in MRI-guided techniques and HyperArc™ radiosurgery to our new addition of proton beam therapy, we can precisely target cancer cells with utmost accuracy. We offer advanced treatment options, including intensity-modulated radiation therapy, stereotactic body radiation therapy, stereotactic radiosurgery, and more, to improve outcomes, while preserving healthy organs and tissues.
More expertise in your cancer than anywhere in the region. Each of our radiation oncologists specializes in treating specific areas of cancer. In many cases, our physicians exclusively treat only certain types of cancer, giving them a distinct breadth and depth of knowledge in the field. This expertise ensures you will receive the most advanced diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care possible.
Nationwide cancer care leadership. Sylvester is one of only two cancer centers in Florida that have been recognized by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Nationwide, we are among just 72 NCI-designated centers. This distinction is awarded for achieving positive outcomes in patient treatment, conducting outstanding research, and reaching out to medically underserved communities with innovative prevention strategies.
Access to advanced clinical trials. Our radiation oncology specialists are also independent researchers. We participate in promising clinical trials, unique investigator-initiated research, and national multicenter research studies to improve tumor control and reduce side effects. At Sylvester, you will benefit from the latest developments that are fast-tracked from the lab to the bedside.
Early - or late - appointment times are available. We understand that our patients have work and families to tend to during the day. So our team offers therapy treatment appointments outside of typical hospital hours that work with your schedule.
Comprehensive supportive services. Cancer is a disease that affects the whole person, body and soul. We offer comprehensive care resources at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, including counseling, pain management, and more. You’ll also have access to integrative medicine approaches to treatment, including nutrition counseling, acupuncture, and music therapy, to help you maintain quality of life throughout your care.
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