Error message

Experience the Blessing Difference: IMRT

At Blessing, our goal is to provide you the best and most effective cancer treatments. That’s why we invest in the latest equipment and the best training for our staff. IMRT is one of the many cancer treatment options we provide. Learn more about other cancer treatments and services.

  • Highest national standards: We are accredited by the American College of Radiology Oncology. The American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer has designated us a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program (CCCP). This recognition means that we meet or exceed the highest, most rigorous criteria for cancer centers in the country. Read more about our designation by the Commission on Cancer.

  • Skilled specialists: IMRT requires a team of skilled cancer specialists to implement. Your experienced team has the training and skill to make IMRT effective for you. Your team includes:

    • Radiation oncologists are doctors who specialize in treating cancer with radiation. They will discuss appropriate radiation options with you and develop a treatment plan that is best for you.

    • Dosimetrists are medical technicians who make sure that the radiation beams target tumors at the right intensity and in the right places. Dosimetrists ensure that you are in the correct position to receive your treatment. They may create individualized molds or shields to hold you in the same position for every radiation session.

    • Medical physicists make sure that the equipment is calibrated correctly and working as it should. They make sure that the radiation intensity is correct for each patient.

    • Radiation therapists operate the imaging equipment and deliver therapies that the radiation oncologists prescribe.

    • Oncology nurses guide you through the radiation process, take your vital signs, monitor your progress and answer your questions.

What Is IMRT?

IMRT is an advanced type of external beam radiation that works well for treating tumors near healthy tissue and organs. IMRT uses sophisticated technology and computer programs to deliver high doses of radiation to tumors with great precision. This type of treatment damages or destroys cancer cells while minimizing damage to the healthy cells around them.

IMRT involves:

  • A beam that we can manipulate: Radiation therapy is a beam of X-rays or gamma rays that travel in a straight line of equal intensity and thickness to the tumor. With IMRT, we can change the shape of the radiation beam and increase or decrease its intensity. We can conform the beam to the shape of the tumor and direct more radiation to areas of the tumor that need more. IMRT can provide more effective treatment and reduce side effects for you.

  • Sophisticated technology: IMRT requires advanced equipment, imaging technologies and powerful computers to work seamlessly together. Our TrueBeam™ radiotherapy system is an integrated system with all components designed to deliver IMRT efficiently and effectively.

CONTACT US

For more information about our cancer center services call (217) 223-1200.