McLaren Karmanos Cancer Institute of Greater Lansing is offering many new advances in radiation therapy to give cancer patients the best options and reduce travel.
“Each patient’s cancer journey is uniquely tailored to them and will depend on the type, size and Vary depending on location and other factors.” McLaren Greater Lansing and McLaren Flint. “Our goal is to provide each patient with an optimized treatment plan where we can deliver radiation therapy with precision and precision, reducing the amount of treatment required of the normal body. This spares vital organs and healthy tissue from unnecessary exposure.”
McLaren Greater Lansing’s Karmanos Cancer Institute is part of the Karmanos Cancer Network, one of the largest cancer networks in the country, providing cancer patients with the best care and treatment options.
The new cancer center in Lansing opens in February 2022, bringing with it new technologies and equipment, such as the Varian TruBeam™ linear accelerator, which allows the Karmanos team to use real-world data to precisely treat many different types of cancer. – Temporal imaging.
By using state-of-the-art technology and other advances in radiation therapy, radiation oncologists can now also streamline treatment volume.
Stereotactic therapy for prostate and breast cancer
Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) is commonly used for other forms of cancer, such as brain and lung cancer, and is now used to treat prostate and breast cancer. Through this process, stereotaxic delivery uses submillimeter precision to image and align the target area and treat it with a highly focused dose in less time.
“Using stereotactic therapy, we can treat patients in just five sessions, whereas previously patients had to be treated every day for six to eight weeks,” said Dr. Hyde. “We’re also treating smaller, more precise areas, so We were able to deliver higher doses quickly, and the cure rates we saw were excellent, over 95% within five years.”
grid radiation therapy
In November 2023, McLaren’s Karmanos Cancer Institute in Greater Lansing introduced a type of radiation therapy called fractional therapy, which is typically performed at large academic institutions. This is the first site in the Karmanos Cancer Network to use lattice.
“Lattice is a complex treatment that is very useful for large tumors,” said Michael Huberts, MS, DABR, a medical physicist at McLaren’s Kamanos Cancer Institute in Greater Lansing. “With the lattice, we use a three-dimensional approach to precisely target the tumor by treating its area without affecting surrounding healthy organs and tissues.”
Larger tumors can be complex because they are often surrounded by other vital organs and healthy tissue. Using a lattice to treat the tumor core with high doses while delivering lower doses to surrounding tissue can help tumors shrink faster and surrounding tissues heal faster.
High-dose brachytherapy for skin cancer
HDR brachytherapy is a form of treatment that delivers radiation in or near the area that needs treatment. This therapy is now used to treat skin cancer through an applicator designed and used by the Karmanos Cancer Institute.
“This method has been used on other body areas for some time, but more recently for skin cancer. We can use a custom applicator specially designed by my colleague Dr. Hesham Gayar to apply it to smaller, defined areas such as the face, nose and ears) using this technology,” said Dr. Hyde. “Treatment only takes seven to eight doses to complete. It may be able to help some patients avoid disfiguring surgery on their noses, lips and other cosmetically sensitive areas.”
While people diagnosed with cancer face many challenges, bringing innovative care to Lansing can help patients get the care they need close to home.
“We are able to treat patients more locally and in a shorter period of time so they can recover faster,” Dr. Hyde said.
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