At the Dorothy E. Schneider Cancer Center, our treatment team includes experienced radiation oncologists and physicists, who tailor individualized treatment plans for each cancer patient.
A dedicated CT scanner and 3-D imaging are used to target specific tumors, minimizing the exposure of healthy tissue. This technology allows a linear accelerator to tailor the beam of radiation directly to the cancer site.
- Low-dose brachytherapy for prostate cancer. Low-dose brachytherapy for prostate cancer. This less invasive treatment avoids more extensive surgery for many men. Radioactive seeds are permanently implanted into the prostate during outpatient surgery.
Mills-Peninsula introduced the first brachytherapy program in a community setting in San Mateo County.
- High-dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy for early-stage breast cancer. This technology reduces radiation treatment time from five or six weeks to five days. Radioactive seeds are inserted into tissue surrounding the breast tumor through a catheter, and changed twice a day for five days. Patients can go home between treatments. This is an out-patient procedure. Doctors typically use high-dose breast radiation on smaller tumors with clear margins.
- Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT). This advanced radiation therapy is more focused and precise, allowing higher doses to be delivered with fewer side effects. The technology is being introduced now for people with prostate cancer, with plans to expand the treatment capability to women with breast cancer.