Advanced radiation oncology treatment programs are available to patients in the La Crosse, Wis., area diagnosed with cancer, including:
- Dedicated CT simulator
Using this technology, staff position patients on the CT scanner in the same position they'll be in for treatment and perform a scan through the area being treated. Staff then reconstruct that scan three-dimensionally and base a treatment plan from the reconstructed data.
- Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT)
IGRT planning begins by using imaging scans for treatment planning to help precisely direct the radiation beams to the areas needing radiation. Then, that area is imaged each day prior to treatment to verify the correct position of the patient and areas needing radiation. This allows for optimal daily treatment.
- 3D conformal radiation therapy (3D CRT)
In this type of treatment, a computer is used to create a 3D picture of the tumor to conform or match the radiation beam to the shape of the tumor. Many radiation beams are aimed at the tumor from different angles, sparing normal tissue as much as possible.
- Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
IMRT is an advanced type of 3D radiation that conforms to the shape of a tumor. With IMRT, not only are beams aimed at the tumor from several directions, the intensity or strength of the beams can be adjusted to minimize the amount of radiation that reaches normal tissue.
- Rapid arc
A major advance in radiation therapy, rapid arc allows treatment times to be two to eight times faster than current radiation treatments. That means treatment time is minimized for each daily visit.
- Stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT)
Stereotactic body radiotherapy uses precisely focused radiation beams to treat specific tumors and other abnormal growths in the brain, spine, liver, lung or other sites. This type of treatment utilizes higher daily doses but less number of treatments.
In some cases, patients may be referred to our Rochester location for additional treatment options.
Depending on individual circumstances and diagnosis, some patients may also have the opportunity to participate in cancer-related clinical trials in La Crosse.