St. Rita’s Radiation Oncology Ranks Among Best in Nation
If report cards were issued for health care services, St. Rita’s Radiation Oncology program would undoubtedly receive an A+. St. Rita’s Medical Center is accredited by The American College of Radiology (ACR) for its radiation oncology service.
The Radiation Oncology Practice Accreditation Program (ROPA) provides radiation oncologists with third-party, impartial peer review and evaluation of patient care. The facility’s personnel, equipment, treatment-planning and treatment records as well as patient-safety policies and quality control/quality assessment activities are assessed. The national certification means St. Rita’s Allison Radiation Oncology Center has undergone a rigorous review process and meets or exceeds nationally accepted standards of care.
Another nationally recognized accreditation held by St. Rita’s Medical Center is The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. St. Rita’s is accredited as a Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program. Additionally, St. Rita’s has received special recognition in earning Accreditation with Commendation and The Outstanding Achievement Award, a designation reserved for the top 10% of cancer programs in the nation.
This national acknowledgement means St. Rita’s offers the best in cancer care. It ensures patients are receiving high quality care close to home, cutting edge technology, access to a highly skilled team of cancer professionals and up to date information to help patients make informed decisions about their treatment.
These voluntary accreditations demonstrates St. Rita’s commitment to quality care, which leads to improved patient outcomes across all domains of cancer care. St. Rita’s has dedicated the resources necessary to provide the screening, prevention treatment and support services, including the use of data applications to serve as the basis for quality improvement.
The Medical Center offers comprehensive inpatient oncology care as well as outpatient cancer treatment through St. Rita’s Regional Cancer Center.
St. Rita’s offers several types of brachytherapy for cancer treatment and is the region’s first cancer center to offer these treatment choices to our patients. The word “brachy” is Greek for short. Brachytherapy means placing a radioactive source in close proximity to a tumor.
• LDR – Low Dose Rate Brachytherapy (Prostate Cancer)
• HDR – High Dose Rate Brachytherapy (Breast and Gynecological Cancers)More Info
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Before treatment is started, it must be planned. At the Allison Radiation Oncology Center the Radiation Oncology physicians utilize high technology images to create an individualized patient treatment plan.
Treatment planning includes a ‘simulation’ or mock-up of the treatment field, using a CT scanner located in the Radiation Oncology department. Special marks are put on the skin in order to be able to set up the treatment once it is ready to begin. The CT images are used to determine the best possible plan that will deliver the highest dose to the tumor area, while avoiding as much healthy tissue as possible.
This is an extremely important and complex part of the planning process and requires a sophisticated computer to calculate the dose.
IMRT is a specialized treatment that allows for even more precise shaping of the radiation field by breaking up the radiation beam into smaller parts, and varies the intensity of the radiation beam, which allows for delivery of higher doses to tumors and/or further limits the dose to healthy tissue.
Treatments are given with a Linear Accelerator, which generates and delivers high energy x-rays that kill cancer cells. There are several options for treatment, and the Radiation Oncologist will determine which you will receive based on your individual treatment plan.
Since each treatment plan is individualized, not every patient has the same treatment even if they have the same type of cancer. Patients receiving radiation therapy visit the center five days a week for up to eight weeks.
The Allison Center’s qualified staff includes Radiation Oncologists, Medical Physicists, Dosimetrists, a Radiation Oncology Nurse, and Radiation Therapists. Together with our office staff, these clinicians provide the knowledge and the personal care to provide a quality service to our patients. Our staff functions as a team, with each member contributing to the care of our patients.