Today, more than half of all cancer patients are treated with radiation
therapy. At Lankenau Medical Center, radiation oncologists use the
latest technology to locate and more precisely target tumors, shorten
treatment times and minimize side effects. The result is a more
aggressive approach to cancer treatment with improved quality of life.
The Lankenau Radiation Oncology Center offers all
of the following capabilities:
TrueBeam™ STx Linear Accelerator
- Lankenau is the only hospital in the region to offer
the most sophisticated and comprehensive cancer
treatment technology in the field today.
Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT)
– Offered at only a limited number of hospitals in the
area, this technique is designed to deliver radiation
therapy with incredible precision to tumors anywhere in
the body in five or less treatments. SBRT
incorporates new technologies such as variable dose rate
and real time tracking to achieve the accuracy needed to
deliver this treatment.
This technology can deliver radiation with millimeter
precision. Tumors are tracked in real-time DURING the
delivery of radiation, so that any movement of a
tumor or patient – even by the smallest amount – can be
detected and robotically adjusted for. This
technique allows for higher doses of radiation to be
administered only to cancerous cells and not to
the surrounding healthy tissue.
Stereotactic radiation treatments that could take 45
minutes or longer using other radiation therapy units
can now be delivered in a fraction of that time. In
addition, patients require fewer treatments due to the
more precise and higher doses of radiation. The
majority of prostate cancers can now be treated in just
five visits, as opposed to the traditional 40. Fewer
treatments and less time in the department are more
convenient for the patient. This technology can also be
used in lung, bone, and pancreatic cancers as well as
cancer recurrences or previously irradiated tumors.
Stereotactic Radio-Surgery (SRS) – This
therapy delivers a single, high dose of radiation to a
precise area of the brain for the treatment of brain
tumors and metastases.
Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
– This computer-driven technology allows for precision
and accuracy of radiation delivery, which protects
surrounding organs and tissues from radiation exposure.
Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) –
A fully robotic on-board imaging system that allows for
pretreatment tumor position verification in the body in
one of three ways — cone beam CT, x-ray, fluoroscopy.
BrainLab® Patient Monitoring System -
This system enables real time internal tracking of the
tumor while simultaneously monitoring the patient’s
position during the entire treatment procedure enabling
accuracy to within 0.3 mm. If movement occurs the
machine shuts down and the patient is
RapidArc™ Radiotherapy Technology –
This technique increases the accuracy of targeted
radiation which allows for faster treatment times and
minimizes the chance of adversely affecting healthy
Respiratory Gating Technology – Offered
at only a limited number of hospitals in the region,
this technique synchronizes the delivery of radiation
with a patient's own breathing cycle. The tumor
can then be tracked in real time and targeted with a
high dose of radiation while sparing more healthy
tissue. This technology can be used for lung, breast,
and liver tumors.
High-Dose-Rate (HDR) Brachytherapy - An
internal therapy that delivers high doses of radiation
from sources placed close to, or inside, the tumors in
the body. This technique ensures the maximum radiation
dose is given to cancerous tissues, while minimizing
exposure to surrounding healthy
tissue. Lankenau is a national leader in
vaginal cuff brachytherapy with one of the most
comprehensive gynecological programs in the
region. Cancers of the bronchus, endometrium,
cervix, and breast utilize this technique.
Partial Breast Irradiation – Radiation
is delivered specifically to the area of the breast that
contains or contained the tumor instead of to the whole
breast. Lankenau is one of the most experienced programs
that perform this technique. We were the first in
the region to utilize Mammosite® Targeted Radiation
Therapy (HDR) – following lumpectomies for breast
Vaginal Cuff Brachytherapy – A method
of treatment utilizing a cylinder which is inserted into
the vagina. This is standard of care for patients
with endometrial cancer. This technique
significantly limits radiation dose to the bladder and
rectum. Lankenau has one of the largest
experiences in the country as part of a comprehensive
Hyperthermia – Lankenau became the
second hospital in the Philadelphia region and only the
17th nationwide to acquire the BSD 500 hyperthermia
system for heat therapy. Clinical trials have shown that
heat therapy can improve patient outcomes when used in
combination with radiation or chemotherapy. Lankenau is
still one of only three centers in the region with this
The Lankenau Radiation Oncology Center combines the level of care only
offered at an academic medical center, along with unsurpassed patient
advocacy and support.
Our board-certified physicians lead a team of board-certified
physicists, oncology-certified nurses, certified medical dosimetrists
and registered radiation therapists. We also offer access to social
workers, lymphedema specialists and registered dietitians.
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.