radiation therapies have greatly enhanced our ability to treat cancer
more effectively. Today, more than half of patients with cancer are
treated with radiation therapy—the careful use of high-energy radiation
to destroy cancer cells in the body. At the Bryn
Mawr Hospital Cancer Center new advances in radiation oncology
now enable us to more precisely target tumors, minimizing treatment side
effects and with faster results than ever before. The result is a more
aggressive approach to cancer treatment with improved quality of life.
Bryn Mawr Hospital's Radiation Oncology Center combines sophisticated
technology with compassionate care and comfort. We employ the latest in
treatment technology and amenities that increase patient comfort and
privacy. Our facility offers convenient and free parking, a private
entrance for radiation patients, extended hours and treatment areas that
are comforting. In addition, we work closely with the local American
Cancer Society to assist patients with transportation needs.
Unmatched Clinical Expertise
Board-certified radiation oncologists lead an experienced team of
licensed radiation therapists, oncology-certified nurses, Ph.D. and
board-certified physicists, and certified medical dosimetrists. They
work in conjunction with each patient's treatment team of medical
oncologists, surgeons, radiologists and other specialists to provide a
comprehensive, individualized program of care. Registered dietitians and
oncology social workers round out our cancer team to address each
patient's specific needs.
The Bryn Mawr Hospital Radiation Oncology Center employs the latest in
treatment technologies. With these techniques, we can treat
patients on an outpatient basis over a much shorter period of time,
with better cancer control and improved tolerance.
Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
This computer-driven technology delivers a higher dose of radiation more
precisely to the tumor, while increasing protection of surrounding
organs and tissues from damaging exposure. IMRT allows for varied
radiation intensity, which leads to improved cancer control and
Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)
IGRT delivers a high dose of radiation to a tumor with less harm to
surrounding normal tissue. IGRT uses a fully robotic on-board imaging
system, coupled with a sophisticated respiratory-gating system, to
locate and target tumors.
Varian 21EX Linear Accelerators with IMRT/IGRT
We are one of only a handful of centers in the region to offer these
recent advances in the treatment of cancers.
Large-Bore, Multislice CT Scanners
These computed tomography (CT) scanners allow for better target
visualization and offer more convenience for the patient.
Brachytherapy is an outpatient procedure that involves the implantation
of radioactive sources directly into the cancerous site. For certain
patients with special clinical conditions, it offers additional
therapeutic options. This technology utilizes radiation-seed-implant and
high-dose-rate (HDR) equipment for the effective treatment of prostate,
gynecologic, breast and other cancers.
We were one of the first cancer centers in the region to offer this
revolutionary technique for breast cancer treatment. MammoSite is a new,
minimally invasive method of delivering internal radiation therapy
through a catheter following a lumpectomy for breast cancer. MammoSite
provides minimal radiation exposure to healthy tissue, reduces the
potential for side effects and improves cosmetic results. Therapy is
given on an outpatient basis and can be completed in five days.
Stereotactic Radiotherapy Surgery (SRS)
This advanced technology delivers extremely precise single doses of
focused radiation for benign and cancerous conditions. At this time,
this service is provided on an outpatient basis at Bryn Mawr Hospital
Other Patient Benefits
An exceptional team of caring, experienced professionals
Greater patient comfort and convenience
Access to clinical trials
Ability to deliver emergency treatment
Commitment to working closely with patients’ physicians
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.