In Radiation Oncology at the Providence Cancer Center, we offer advanced treatments for fighting cancer. We focus on finding the radiation therapy that’s best for you and making sure you have the resources and support you need to make your treatment as seamless and effective as possible.
You’ll find treatments on par with those of top cancer centers in the lower 48 states and not available anywhere else in Alaska. We are accredited by the American College of Radiology, and you can feel confident we will deliver your care with the highest level of quality and safety.
We offer state-of-the-art treatments and therapies with some of the latest technologies available. Some of these include:
This therapy uses computers to create a 3D image of your tumor. It allows us to send multiple beams of radiation toward a tumor.
Normal physiological processes may change a tumor’s position. Cone beam CT allows us to better target a tumor when they do.
Brachytherapy places a small radiation source directly into the tumor. This allows us to give the maximum radiation dose to the area needing it most. These treatments minimize side effects and may be done in a matter of minutes. The therapy may be an especially convenient option if you must travel to Anchorage for your treatment.
Using imaging to guide therapy helps us improve accuracy and reduce radiation exposure to healthy tissue. This helps reduce side effects.
IMRT allows us to deliver radiation that better conforms to the 3D shape of tumors.
Using a larger size CT scanner allows us to better position you and get better images when planning treatment. It may also be helpful for larger patients.
This is similar to high-dose rate brachytherapy but involves small radiation sources, or “seeds.” We place these seeds into or near a tumor to deliver highly concentrated radiation into a specific area.
High-resolution, low-dose digital imaging in the treatment room helps us better target tumors.
This delivers high-quality images to your doctors during your treatment course. It may help increase the speed and accuracy of the process.
Stereotactic radiosurgery uses highly focused radiation beams to treat a specific area of your brain. It may treat tumors and other problems with a single high dose of radiation.
TomoTherapy combines CT imaging with high doses of radiation that conform to your tumor. Each day, you have a CT scan. This allows us to precisely aim the radiation at the targeted area, which can change slightly over time. As a result, we’re able to treat your tumor aggressively with high doses of radiation for a shorter time than otherwise might be necessary. Because we minimize radiation exposure to healthy tissue, you’re likely to experience fewer side effects.
This system allows us to track a tumor as you breathe and deliver precise doses of radiation that target the tumor at the appropriate times in your breathing cycle. This limits exposure to healthy tissue and allows us to shorten treatment times.
Our highly trained and specialized staff work together to make sure you receive the safest, most effective therapies.
Team members who may be involved in your care include:
- Medical dosimetrists
- Medical physicists
- Oncology nurses
- Patient navigators
- Radiation oncologists
- Radiation therapists
- Registered dietitians