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
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
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 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 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
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
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 capability.
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.