Advanced Technology for Beating Cancer
Radiation therapy, either alone or in conjunction with other treatments, is highly effective in reducing or eradicating cancer. It's also used to treat non-cancerous tumors that pose a threat to healthy tissue. You can rely on our expertise for treating many kinds of cancer, including:
Brain and spinal cord
Head and neck
Testicular and penile
We're the only group in Iowa providing IOeRT, at Unity Point - St. Luke's Albert G. and Helen Nassif Radiation Center. Call us today to learn if it's right for you.
Electron-based Intraoperative Radiation Therapy
If you have early-stage breast cancer, you may be a candidate for IOeRT, an advanced cancer treatment that has been shown to be effective in zeroing in on the tumor site and reducing the rate of recurrence.
IOeRT is electron-based intraoperative radiation therapy, a one-time treatment that takes place immediately following surgery while you're still under anesthetic. Once the tumor is removed, a concentrated dose of radiation is delivered precisely to the tumor bed. Although some patients will still need external beam radiation, IOeRT generally requires fewer integral doses and results in shorter treatment times with fewer side effects.
IORT is a special kind of external radiation delivered directly to the tumor during surgery. Some early-stage breast cancer patients may benefit from this advanced treatment, which involves a single, concentrated dose of radiation during surgery.
We're one of a select few providers in Iowa offering LDR brachytherapy, available at Unity Point - St. Luke's Albert G. and Helen Nassif Radiation Center. Call us today to see if you're a candidate.
Low Dose Rate Brachytherapy
Low dose rate (LDR) brachytherapy delivers a high dose of radiation at a low dose rate. The lower the rate of radiation, the less exposure to nearly healthy tissue.
LDR brachytherapy is primarily used to treat prostate cancer. It involves placing radioactive implants within or very close to the tumor, so that cancerous tissue is tightly targeted while surrounding organs and tissue are protected.
For many patients, the procedure is a quick and effective method of treating prostate cancer with minimal side effects. It may also eliminate the need for surgery. LDR brachytherapy generally takes about an hour and is performed on an outpatient basis.