Radiation Therapy for Quality Cancer Treatment Close to Home
Over half of all cancer patients receive some radiation therapy, or radiotherapy, as part of their treatment. Considered the treatment of choice in mostskin cancers, radiotherapy can also be effective in certain stages of cervical, uterine, breast and prostate cancer, and in some types of leukemia and lymphoma. In addition, radiation may be used in conjunction with cancer-fighting drugs or to alleviate cancer symptoms.
Mercy Radiation Therapy offers state-of-the-art technology in a comfortable and bright setting. The center is staffed by two full-time radiation oncologists who work in partnership with a physicist, dosimetrists and radiation therapists to deliver a variety of radiation therapies. Two registered nurses and a medical assistant are dedicated to care of radiation patients also.
The department is technologically advanced with a Varian Linear Accelerator, intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), TomoTherapy, Record & Verify, ultrasound image-guided radiation therapy treatments and a 16-slice wide bore Philips CT simulator that can accommodate patients up to 650 pounds.
In the spirit of our mission, radiation therapy actively promotes a friendly, caring atmosphere. Patients are encouraged to express their needs and concerns and be assured that staff members will listen and respond promptly and with consideration. Minimizing patient anxiety and wait time are also important goals for us.
TomoTherapy combines an intensity-modulated radiotherapy device with a 3D CT scanner that allows physicians to visualize a tumor and apply radiation at the same time with pinpoint accuracy. This enhanced precision enables physicians to use tighter margins and higher, more effective radiation doses.
Wide-bore, 16-slice Phillips CT Simulator
Mercy Radiation Therapy acquired the Philips Brilliance Big Bore CT Simulator in 2011. This latest investment in cancer-fighting equipment provides the most advanced imaging technology available today to assist in proper positioning and planning of radiation therapy treatments.
Mercy was the first in Stark County to install an intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) unit. IMRT gives physicians a definite advantage against certain types of cancer by targeting malignant tumors while sparing adjacent healthy tissue.