The Radiation Oncology Department at Lake Charles Memorial Health System
is the top facility for cancer treatment in Southwest Louisiana. Radiation
treatment can target and shrink tumors as well as kill cancer cells.
Our radiation oncology specialists tailor treatments that offer superior
therapeutic results—often in half the time. Treatment may be complicated
by the structure of the breast and breast tissue’s irregular shape
and contours. That’s why it is important to have a radiation oncologist
- Managing care for women with complex breast disease
- Utilizing the latest technology and tissue-sparing therapies comparable
to those found in large, metropolitan cancer centers.
- CT planning that increases the precision of image guidance and spares exposure
of healthy chest, heart and lung tissue
- Partial breast irradiation capabilities—using pinpointed external
beam which cuts treatment time in half
- Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), image-guided radiation therapy
and stereotactic radiosurgery
We utilize advanced treatments such as
Trilogy andSmart Arc technology. Close to 3 in 5 of cancer patients will receive radiation
therapy, and our two
Trilogy linear accelerators utilize a radiation technology that more accurately
pinpoints and destroys cancer cells in less time and with less side effects.
We also utilize computerized real-time positioning during radiation treatment
sessions to manage the motion of cancerous tumors.
Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
IMRT gives radiation oncologists the tools and technology necessary to
pinpoint and destroy cancer cells using non-invasive therapy. Imaging
technology such as computed tomography (CT) gives the oncologist a three-dimensional
image of the growth. This allows for precision in planning treatment of
the cancer and eradication of the tumors using radiation therapy. Our
technology enables us to maximize control of the radiation in order to
precisely focus beams and protect surrounding, healthy parts of the body.
Our doctors carefully plan each patient's treatment. One option that
may be considered for certain types of cancer-including gynecologic cancer,
prostate cancer, esophageal cancer, breast cancer, and lung cancer-is
brachytherapy, which essentially means "short distance therapy."
This technologically advanced and complex method can be accomplished in
minutes, and utilizes tiny sources of radioactivity-which are precisely
placed in or directly beside tumors using a high dose rate after-loader-to
destroy cancerous growths.
1701 Oak Park Blvd., Lake Charles, LA 70601