Our treatment planning program, also known as medical dosimetry, involves an extensive process to customize each patient’s external or internal radiation treatment course. The goal is to precisely deliver as much curative radiation as possible to the tumor, with as little dose as possible to the surrounding normal tissue. We are interested in, and routinely explore, the development and implementation of new techniques to deliver cancer treatment.
Several recent technological developments have enhanced this process. Prior to treatment, planning begins with sophisticated imaging studies that are merged with the anatomical images taken on Therapeutic Radiology’s CT-Simulator. This unit duplicates the geometry of the radiation treatment unit(s) and provides a three-dimensional (3-D) view inside your body. These images are used to localize the tumor sites and plan your treatment.
The radiation oncologist develops a treatment design, writes a prescription outlining the treatment course, and consults with the treatment planning team. We consider multiple factors at this point, including the type and size of tumor, pathology, location, nearby anatomical structures, your age, overall health, previous treatment, and the available treatment unit characteristics, among others.