Hyperthermia therapy is a treatment used in battling cancer by heating tumors. The heating temperature is about as warm as a hot tub. Research has shown that heat can damage or kill cancer cells in some tumors while also making radiation therapy more effective in treating some tumors that are recurrent or progressive despite conventional therapy.
In clinical trials, data has shown that combining hyperthermia and radiation improves response rates for prostate, cervical, head and neck cancers, melanomas and soft tissue sarcomas. Most marked improvement has been seen in recurrent chest wall cancer-with complete response rate improvement of more than 40 percent.
We are proud to be the only practice in the Pacific NW (including Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Montana) to offer this advanced treatment modality. For more information, contact our doctors at Tacoma/Valley Radiation Oncology Centers or visit www.bsdmedical.com/patients.php.
Research has shown high temperatures damage the proteins and structures within cancer cells and kill them, which can help shrink tumors. Using ultrasound energy, we slowly heat the surface area prior to radiation exposure to enhance the effects of radiation therapy. Hyperthermia is new and not yet widely available. Clinical trials are underway to further evaluate hyperthermia’s effectiveness and uses in cancer treatment
For our patients’ comfort and convenience, Tacoma/Valley Radiation Oncology Centers has partnered with Franciscan Health System to offer radiation therapy on the new St. Anthony Hospital campus at our Peninsula Radiation Oncology Center.
The AccuBoost procedure is an image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) technique which scientifically targets the radiation dose to the intended site. The real-time image guided procedure uses radiographic (mammographic) equipment to image and pinpoint the tissue that needs to be irradiated. Based on real-time images obtained, the AccuBoost system is able to position the applicator that delivers the therapeutic dose, accurately and reliably to irradiate the part of the breast that has been designated to receive the additional dose. The AccuBoost design gives the radiation oncologist the needed confidence that “you see what you treat and you treat what you see.” Furthermore, the AccuBoost system is capable of recording the therapeutic dose. This feature can be used to adjust and fine tune the radiation field throughout the procedure and archive the information for future reference. This feature of the AccuBoost system gives the radiation oncologist the comfort and peace of mind to know “not only you treat what you see, but also you keep a record of what was treated.”
Tacoma/Valley Radiation Oncology Centers has opened a new, state-of-the-art facility at Good Samaritan Cancer Center in Puyallup for our patients who live outside the Tacoma metropolitan area.
You are welcome to stop by and visit our new facility, talk to the staff, and view the beautiful nature photography taken by one of our own staff members.
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