Radiation Therapy

Prisma Health Cancer Institute offers the latest radiosurgery to provide cancer patients with a dedicated and highly targeted radiation therapy solution for treating cancers of the brain, head and neck, spine, lung and prostate. Powered by Novalis®, our specific technology utilizes the TrueBeam platform, 6D PerfectPitch couch, HDMLC, Stereotactic cones, Exactrac x-ray imaging system and Conebeam CT. Additionallly, the Brainlab Elements planning system provides the ability to treat multiple brain metastases in one treatment.

What is Radiation Therapy?

Radiosurgery and radiotherapy use high-energy treatment beams to deliver a prescribed dose directly to tumor cells, causing them to die. Treatment results, visible on follow-up scans, may include shrinkage of the tumor or no further tumor growth. Because cell destruction and absorption of those cells within the body can be a lengthy process, it may take up to six months before doctors can determine the effect of the treatment.

What is Radiosurgery?

Radiosurgery is an advanced configuration of specialized tools dedicated to fast, precise and highly targeted SRS and SBRT treatments. Novalis features a dedicated high definition beam shaping device that accurately mirrors the contour of the tumor. Constant adaptation of the beam’s shape allows clinicians to focus a high dose of treatment to a tumor from many angles. At the same time, the beam shaping allows for radically lower treatment doses near the tumor edges, which also means that there is lower dose to surrounding healthy tissue.

Undergoing treatment for a tumor or lesion can be challenging. The Novalis treatment is fast, and therefore more comfortable. It reduces the likelihood of body or tumor movements, increasing overall accuracy. In addition to offering one of the fastest treatment times, Novalis Radiosurgery continuously tracks the body and tumor motion and automatically adjusts the beam of radiation to maintaining a high level of treatment accuracy.

At Prisma Health Cancer Institute, our goal is to provide personalized care for patients and their families through a high quality, multi-disciplinary approach to cancer treatment. Novalis Radiosurgery is at the heart of our cancer treatment program, and our collaborative approach to care allows us to provide you with an all-in-one treatment experience that can allow you to return to normal activities of daily life instead of travelling to see different centers and specialists.

Your radiation oncologist will discuss any potential side effects with you depending on your overall treatment plan. Novalis Radiosurgery treatment is not painful in most cases and does not require anesthesia. Typically, there is no scarring or disfigurement and little risk of infection, compared to conventional surgery.

Types of Cancer We Treat

Brain Cancer

We treat many different brain cancers with radiosurgery here at [insert institute]. Novalis Radiosurgery is fast and most patients wear a non-invasive, custom-fit mask rather than an invasive head ring.

Non-invasive shaped beam cancer treatment can be used for cancerous and non-cancerous brain tumors and lesions, which can often be inoperable due to their position and the sensitivity of the surrounding tissue. The cancer-fighting treatment beam is shaped precisely to the brain tumor to deliver the prescribed treatment dose to the entire lesion while healthy tissue is protected. This is usually done as a one-time treatment or a series of treatments, depending upon the condition and the physician’s prescription.

  • Fast treatment time in as little as 20 minutes for many patients
  • Frameless, non-invasive treatment for many patients
  • Outpatient treatment
  • Sub-millimeter accuracy provides cognitive sparing of health tissue
  • Image-guided patient positioning with robotic treatment couch

Head and Neck Cancer

The head and neck anatomy contains important and irregularly shaped anatomy including small bones, glands, organs and soft tissue. Cancers of the head and neck can affect areas such as the nose, sinuses, thyroid, larynx (voice box), pharynx (throat), jaw, tongue and mouth.

Novalis Radiosurgery offers specialized tools so that doctors can outline the cancerous structure in the head and neck to plan and deliver radiation treatment with accuracy.

• Fast treatment time in as little as 20 minutes for many patients
• Sophisticated planning and treatment software
• Sub-millimeter accuracy designed for delicate and irregular anatomy
• Outpatient treatment
• Non-invasive treatment for many patients

Spine Cancer

Cancers of the spine can be difficult to treat due to the proximity to the spinal cord. Spine radiosurgery offers the capability to treat a variety of spinal conditions, including inoperable tumors.

Prisma Health Cancer Institute offers highly advanced, high-definition Novalis Radiosurgery, which carefully and precisely shapes the cancer-fighting treatment dose, even to complex tumors, while protecting surrounding healthy tissue and minimizing dose to critical structures like the spinal cord. The system has built-in patient positioning and verification systems so that any patient movement such as breathing is accounted for and monitored during treatment.

• Fast treatment time in as little as 20 minutes for many patients
• Flexible, high precision patient positioning
• Non-invasive treatment for many patients
• Sophisticated planning and treatment software
• Accurate to the sub-millimeter
• Special patient treatment couch for accurate positioning and comfort

Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world and Prisma Health Cancer Institute is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of all types of this disease.

Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT) for early-stage lung cancer is fast becoming the standard of care. Novalis Radiosurgery not only carefully and precisely1,2 shapes the cancer-fighting treatment dose to the tumors, but also offers sophisticated and advanced software that allows for better tumor targeting.

• Fast treatment time in as little as 15 minutes for many patients
• Precise radiation dose software calculations
• High precision patient positioning
• Continuous tracking of patient movement, including X-Ray verification and correction, throughout the whole treatment

Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer affects many men and can be difficult to treat because it can be hard to distinguish the organ from other tissue surrounding it.

Prisma Health Cancer Institute offers state-of-the-art Novalis Radiosurgery for prostate cancer treatment, which combines special imaging equipment called Cone Beam CT with real-time image guidance or navigation. This technology aids in accurately locating the soft tissue for treatment and helps to avoid organs at risk.
The treatment helps ensure that the patient’s tumor is treated appropriately and the surrounding healthy tissue is protected.

• Fast treatment time in as little as 12 minutes
• Range of treatment protocols available for different tumors
• Detection of tumor motion in real-time
• Accurate soft tissue localization