Radiation Therapy

Part of the Henry Ford Cancer Institute, the Paul Tejada Center for Radiation Oncology is one of the most technologically advanced radiation therapy facilities in the state. Three-dimensional tumor mapping capabilities allow staff to visually determine the shape and size of tumors and irradiate tumors more effectively, minimizing the involvement of close and adjacent organs.

Other radiation oncology treatment methods that may be employed include:

Truebeam Linear Accelerator

Brings most innovative, versatile and precise imaging and treatment capabilities with enhanced safety and accuracy features while delivering treatment faster and more efficiently. This allows for a more comfortable patient experience reducing chance for patient motion during treatment and improved accuracy and precision.

Rapid Arc (VMAT)

Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) tool delivers improved dose conformity to the entire tumor in 360 degree motion in approximately two minutes. This is approximately eight times faster than what was previously possible with conformal IMRT with improved dose sparing to normal tissue.

Image Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT)

Provides advanced imaging with three dimensional software technology utilizing Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) to verify patient and tumor position accuracy. Patient position and motion will be adjusted if necessary at every treatment to pinpoint tumor site is in the same position.

Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT)

Uses advanced imaging such as Cone Beam CT to deliver a targeted radiation dose to a tumor in 1 to 5 treatments with millimeter precision. SBRT is an option for some lung, liver, and spine cancer patients. SBRT offers less damage to healthy tissue, higher radiation dose to tumors not possible with other radiation therapies, and much fewer treatments than conventional radiation therapy.

Care Coupled with Treatment

Henry Ford Allegiance Health uses the latest technology in delivering radiation to ensure treatments are not only effective but also precise, minimizing exposure to healthy tissues and organs.

Active Breathing Control (ABC)

ABC helps patients to hold their breath in a consistent manner while receiving radiation, increasing separation between the breast tissue and the heart, reducing exposure to the heart. ABC technology is actively used for women with left sided breast cancer to avoid heart exposure.

Field-in-field (IMRT) tool

IMRT improves the uniformity of the dose with the aim of reducing skin toxicity. This method is used in cancer treatment plans for best breast cosmetic outcomes.

You can reduce your cancer risk by getting regular medical care, living smoke-free, limiting alcohol use, avoiding excessive exposure to UV rays from the sun and tanning beds, eating fruits and veggies, maintaining a healthy weight and being physically active.