Gynecologic Cancer Treatments
(Also see Cancer / Treatments / Radiation Therapy)
Radiation may be used several ways: to destroy a tumor, to shrink it enough to make surgical removal possible, or to eradicate cancer cells left behind after surgery. It may be used in combination with chemotherapy. Radiation can be delivered externally or internally.
Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) expertise in the Radiation Oncology Department of The Rosenfeld Cancer Center helps many of the Institute’s gynecologic cancer patients. IMRT uses computer optimization to better shape the external radiation beam to the tumor and limit effects on nearby healthy tissue. Other patients may receive high-dose brachytherapy, an internal method in which a sealed source of radiation is placed within the body.
All treatments are designed to spare healthy tissue and lessen side effects. Patient education informs about treatment, possible side effects and personal care.
The Rosenfeld Cancer Center at Abington Memorial Hospital has been awarded the ACR-ASTRO seal of accreditation for the highest level of quality and patient safety by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO). This three-year award is given only after a peer-review evaluation by experts in the field. The review assesses our patient care, treatment and safety, the qualifications of our team, quality control, equipment excellence and more.
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