Located in our newly-built Botsford Cancer Center, the radiation oncology service includes treatment and diagnostic equipment, as well as physician offices. The facility’s state-of-the-art equipment is linked electronically in a network to guarantee patient and therapist safety, ease of use, accuracy and precision.
Our Center houses a diagnostic CT scanner dedicated to treatment planning. This technology allows the radiation oncologist to further define the type and size of the tumor. A simulator is then used to determine the specific area to be treated.
For treatment, Botsford uses an Elektra Synergy Accelerator, a multi-functional linear accelerator with intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and image guided radiation therapy (IGRT). Linear accelerators use high energy beams to penetrate deeper areas such as lung and bone. Electron beams may also be used to treat skin cancer and other superficial cancers.
Progressive and Targeted Treatment Options at the Botsford Cancer Center
Balloon Catheter Therapy
Don't want a mastectomy? Then this may be your answer. The multi-lumen balloon brachytherapy catheter is a device used by surgeons and radiation oncologists to treat the site of a lumpectomy and conserve the healthy breast.
This allows patients to receive partial breast irradiation versus a mastectomy or full breast irradiation. The treatments are twice per day for five days as compared to five days a week for seven weeks of radiation. The multi-lumen catheter, placed at the time of the lumpectomy, allows for skin sparing techniques, which results in better cosmetic outcome.
Respiratory gating is a technologically advanced procedure used to track a patient's breathing cycle during radiation treatment. Using a four-dimensional CT scan when simulating radiation treatment, the radiation oncologist is able to map out the anatomical location of a tumor at a specific point in the breathing cycle. This combination of respiratory gating software with radiation treatment planning identifies a specific window in the breathing cycle to allow a more precise treatment dose to the tumor, sparing normal tissue.