• Treatment and Diagnosis

  • Determining which type of cancer treatment is best for you depends on a variety of factors. At Parker Cancer Center we have a range of therapies that include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery, hormone therapy or some combination. Prior to determining which treatment is best for you, your oncologist will conduct a physical exam, review your medical history and study any imaging and lab reports.

    Medical Oncology

    Medical oncology incorporates anti-cancer drugs in the treatment of advanced cancers and in lowering risk of recurrence for patients at high risk.

    To schedule an appointment please call Cypress Hematology and Oncology at 303-269-4420.

    Radiation Therapy

    Radiation treatment plans and technologies are customized by Parker Cancer Center to each patient's individual needs, incorporating a highly effective dose of radiation to destroy cancer cells while sparing surrounding healthy tissue.

    External Beam Radiation Therapy
    External Beam Radiation Therapy consists of directing x-ray beams from a machine outside the body to a specified area inside.  These treatments are painless and usually given on an outpatient basis, once per day Monday through Friday, but may be administered twice per day based on physician orders.  Treatments take place over the course of one to eight weeks and take approximately 15 to 30 minutes each. 

    The Cancer Center at Parker Adventist Hospital is equipped with the Varian TrueBeam image-guided radiotherapy and radiosurgery system. The TrueBeam is not only able to deliver all forms of advanced external-beam radiation therapy, but is also one of the of the fastest, most accurate and versatile treatment systems currently available. Some key highlights of the system include: 

    • The TrueBeam linear accelerator delivers cancer treatments up to two times faster than older linear accelerators.
    • A standard IMRT treatment that used to take 10 minutes can now be completes in less than two minutes
    • Complex radiosurgery that can typically last 40 minutes to an hour, can now be completed in 5 to 20 minutes
    • The TrueBeam is so precise that treatment fields are measured in increments of less than a millimeter
    • TrueBeam checks for accuracy every 10 milliseconds and continually monitors 100,000 data points as a treatment is administered, ensuring that radiation is always focused and on target

    In addition to TrueBeam, we have also enhanced our treatment capabilities by using the VisionRT®, GateCT® and GateRT® guidance systems that allow for real-time, non-invasive patient motion management. Not only do these systems enhance sophisticated treatments such as IGRT, but they also increase treatment safety and accuracy.

    Comprehensive Radiation Therapy

    Our physicians have a wide array of therapy options to choose from dependent on the patients diagnosis and plan of care

    Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) and Stereotactic Radiosurger (SRS)

    Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) and Stereotactic Radiosurger (SRS) offers fast, precise, non-invasive treatment for cancer sites located throughout the body including difficult to operate regions such as the lungs, brain, spinal cord and abdomen

    Three-Dimensional Conformal Radiation Therapy (3D-CRT)
    Three-Dimensional Conformal Radiation Therapy (3D-CRT) utilizes computers and advanced imaging to create three-dimensional images of tumors resulting in therapy that conforms to a tumor’s specific shape and size. 

    Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
    Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) provides advanced conformal radiation treatment that delivers highly accurate doses of radiation, reducing exposure to healthy tissue 

    Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)
    Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) monitors the movement of tumors and other organs to ensure that treatment is both safe and accurate

    Brachytherapy Treatments
    As part of our comprehensive approach to cancer care, Parker Cancer Center offers brachytherapy, also known as internal radiation or implant therapy. This internal therapy may be used alone or in conjunction with external beam radiation therapies. Brachytherapy allows for a large dose of radiation directly at the source of the cancer cells with minimal effects on healthy tissue. Patients may receive several treatments over a number of days or weeks, usually with little discomfort and the ability to return home shortly after the procedure.

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