The IRMC cancer program has been accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer since 1989, ensuring ongoing high quality medical care for our patients.
The Cancer Center provides both inpatient and outpatient radiation therapy. Inpatient and outpatient surgery is performed in the hospital's Surgical Services department, which is comprised of 14 operating rooms and suites. Chemotherapy is administered as an inpatient or as an outpatient in the hospital's Ambulatory Infusion department, located in the hospital's new Patient Services Pavilion on the second floor, adjacent to the ER.
The radiation therapy equipment used at the Cancer Center provides radiotherapy using two linear accelerators: a high-energy Varian 2100EX©, and a high-energy Varian 2100C©. The Varian 2100EX© is equipped with a 120-leaf Millenium© Multi-Leaf Collimator, as well as Portal-Vision©, an electronic image capture and analysis tool. The 2100C© is equipped with an 80-leaf Multi-leaf Collimator and Portal-Vision©. Both the 2100EX© and 2100C© are capable of both Dynamic and Step and Shoot IMRT sequences. The BrainLab Exactrac Image guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) system is also used for highly accurate patient treatment. Varian accelerators provide safe, accurate and reliable patient treatment. The accelerators are monitored by the IMPAC Verify-and-Record system to ensure safe and consistent patient treatments. The Cancer Center uses a Philips AcQsim© Virtual Simulator. This sytem is used in conjunction with the Center's Philips-ADAC Pinnacle© Three-Dimensional Radiation Treatment Planning System, which include the P3IMRT Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) system.
IRMC has the technology to import images from offsite imaging/radiological equipment to the Cancer Center to create a comprehensive treatment plan.
Radiation Therapy Treatments
Three-dimensional treatment planning allows the physicians and treatment planning staff to visualize each patient's unique anatomy. Thus each patient's treatment is individually designed. IRMT uses sophisticated computer techniques to design highly customized treatments that can minimize side effects. IGRT is used to provide sub millimeter accuracy in patient setup.
The Cancer Center additionally performs palliative radiation treatment for incurable cases with a goal of providing pain relief.
The Cancer Registry is a system to monitor all types of cancer in an institution and is an important element in the evaluation of cancer. The National Cancer Data Base is a nationwide oncology database for 1,500 hospitals in 50 states.
IRMC participates in the Cancer Registry to collect data on type and stage of cancer tumors and treatment results. Long-term follow-up is performed annually for every patient in the registry, and is essential to evaluate care outcomes. This data is also submitted to the state registry.
The Cancer Center is located on the campus of IRMC. The facility includes two treatment rooms and five examination rooms.
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