DeKalb Medical offeres radiation therapy in radiation centers at both the North Decatur and Hillandale campuses.
The following radiotherapy techniques are offered:
Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC) - an advanced procedure where heated chemotherapy is administered directly to cancer sites during surgery. DeKalb Medical is one of only two hospitals in Georgia to offer this innovative abdominal cancer treatment. (HIPEC) is an advanced procedure where heated chemotherapy is administered directly to cancer sites during surgery. DeKalb Medical is one of only two hospitals in Georgia to offer this innovative abdominal cancer treatment.
Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) - very small beams of radiation are aimed at a tumor from many angles. During IMRT radiation treatment, the radiation intensity of each beam is controlled, and the beam shape changes hundreds of times during each treatment. As a result, the radiation dose bends around important healthy tissues in a way that spares the healthy tissue from radiation while only radiating the area. It is one of the most advanced, precise methods of external beam radiation therapy available and allows radiation oncologists to deliver radiation to a tumor, resulting in the potential for fewer side effects and higher cure rates.
Interstitial Brachytherapy - implants radioactive material (small tubes, seeds or capsules) into the tumor. This can only be done for tumors that can be easily accessed, or during surgery.
Intracavity High-Dose Rate (HDR) and Low-Dose Rate (LDR) Brachytherapy - places radioactive sources near a tumor. With this technique, the tumor receives relatively high radiation doses while healthy tissue is spared. This can only be used on tumors that can be easily accessed, or during surgery (such as prostate and breast cancers).
Radiolabeled Monoclonal Antibody Therapy of Lymphoma - places radioactive antibodies inside of tumors to kill cancer cells while keeping doses to healthy tissues low.
The Mammosite® Radiation Therapy System (RTS) - a potential alternative to the traditional six-week radiation schedule many breast cancer patients who have undergone lumpectomy are prescribed.
RapidArc® technology - a method that delivers image-guided IMRT very quickly, in a single rotation of treatment machine around the patient. These treatments involve the use of precisely shaped beams that target the tumor and minimize exposure of surrounding healthy tissues.
Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) - applies the same treatment concept as SRS to small tumors in other parts of the body, specifically the spine, lung, liver, pancreas and prostate. When used to treat tumors outside of the brain, the procedure may be delivered over several days (up to five separate treatments).
Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) - a method of delivering high doses of radiation to lesions in the brain. The technique differs from conventional radiotherapy, which involves exposing larger areas of the brain to radiation over a number of sessions, typically 10 to 35. Instead, SRS delivers a highly focused beam of radiation so that only the desired target is radiated, sparing the surrounding brain tissue. This non-invasive “surgical” technique is used mostly to treat cancers in the brain, as well as a few benign growths.
Three-Dimensional Computerized Radiation Therapy (3-D CRT) - uses CT scans to find all parts of the tumor and to select the best angles for the radiation beams, reducing the radiation dose to surrounding healthy tissues.