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
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
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
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 re-positioned.
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 tissue.
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
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 cancer.
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 gynecology program
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.