Radiation Oncology Center
Methodist’s Radiation Oncology Center offers the full range of radiation therapy options, including external beam radiation, such as Stereotactic Body Radiosurgery, IMRT, and others. Our caring team of specialized physicians and experienced clinical staff work to improve outcomes and ensure your experience is as comfortable and pain-free as possible.
Stereotactic Body Radiosurgery
Stereotactic Body Radiosurgery is not a surgery, but a revolutionary alternative to surgery. Methodist Hospitals has had great success using this approach to treat medically inoperable lung cancer, lung metastasis, and liver metastasis.
This completely non-invasive procedure employs exacting pinpoint radiation directed at the cancer using multiple, precisely contoured beams delivered from many different angles. It is so precise, larger doses of radiation can be delivered over a shorter period of time, sparing normal and healthy tissue.
The potency of doses reduces treatment time to three days as compared to the typical eight-week course of radiation therapy. Stereotactic Body Radiosurgery can be used to support other cancer treatment therapies or in cases where surgery, standard radiation and chemotherapy are either not options or were ineffective. Some patients choose this option to avoid the side effects of chemotherapy or standard radiation.
Benefits of Stereotactic Body Radiosurgery:
- 3-day treatment time
- No hospitalization required
- Completely non-invasive
- Alternative to conventional surgery
- Spares healthy tissue
- Appropriate for treating lung cancer, lung metastasis and liver metastasis
Applications of Stereotactic Body Radiosurgery include:
- Medically Inoperable Lung Cancer
Patients who are unable to tolerate lung cancer surgery due to factors such as advanced age, poor lung function, poor heart function or generally poor medical condition are ideal candidates for Stereotactic Body Radiosurgery.
- Lung Metastasis
Sometimes cancerous tumors spread, or metastasize, from the primary site to the lung. Tumors can spread from breast cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, and others. Stereotactic Body Radiosurgery is a highly effective alternative to conventional surgery or chemotherapy with minimal side effects to the patient.
- Liver Metastasis
Cancerous tumors can spread, or metastasize, from the primary site to the liver. These cancers can include breast cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, and others. Stereotactic Body Radiosurgery is a highly effective alternative to conventional surgery or chemotherapy for eliminating these tumors.
Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
One of the most significant breakthroughs in radiation treatments of the last three decades, IMRT can reach hard-to-access tumors with laser accuracy. In IMRT, advanced computer programming allows clinicians to shape the beam around the tumor, avoiding surrounding tissue. Such increased precision can enable physicians to considerably increase the dose directed to a malignant tumor, thus increasing the opportunity of complete tumor elimination.
Methodist Hospitals uses the latest Varian linear accelerators, combined with electronic portal imaging systems to plan a three-dimensional, precise dose of radiation. IMRT therapy is frequently used in conjunction with other therapies.
Advantages of IMRT
- Treats hard-to-reach tumors with pinpoint accuracy
- Heightened accuracy enables use of higher radiation doses
- Precision delivery spares more healthy tissue
HDR cancer therapy attacks malignant tumors by placing a radioactive source within or around cancerous tissue. Our expert radiation oncologists ensure the maximum radiation dose is given where it is most needed, preventing most of the radiation from reaching the surrounding healthy tissue. Most often administered on an outpatient basis, HDR can decrease the number of actual treatments needed.
Accelerated Partial Breast and Whole Breast Radiation
Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation – APBI – is a targeted technique that delivers radiation to the lumpectomy cavity and a small area of surrounding tissue. APBI allows a higher dose of radiation to be delivered thereby decreasing the overall treatments to approximately 5 days.
External Beam Radiation Therapy – EBRT – is a method for delivering high doses of radiation to destroy cancer cells and shrink tumors. Methodist uses a large machine called a Varian 2100 EX linear accelerator to deliver EBRT.
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Cancer Support Group
An information and support session about healthy eating, activity, stress management and coping during & after cancer treatment.
Southlake Campus, Pavilion B, Oncology Institute Resource Library
200 E. 89th Ave, Merrillville, IN 46410
By appointment: 219-757-7212
Identify your potential health risks in order to make informed decisions about your genetic health. The clinic also helps identify your genetic results, and provides support throughout the process.
Southlake Campus, Pavilion B, Oncology Institute
200 E. 89th Ave, Merrillville, IN 46410
By appointment: 219-757-7515
Patients with lymphedema of the upper extremities can learn proper skin care, diet and exercises, massage and other compression techniques.
Southlake Campus, Pavilion D
303 East 89th Ave, Merrillville, IN 46410
By appointment: 219-738-3500
Cancer Patients’ Exercise Class
This class is for patients in active cancer treatment and is led by an ACSM Exercise Physiologist. Activities include range of motion, stretching, weight bearing and Theraband exercise – all while standing or seated, as well as walking in the room or in place. Classes are forming. Southlake Campus, Cancer Resource Center, Pavilion B, 200 E. 89th Ave, Merrillville. For information, call 219-757-7212.
Cancer Patients’ Yoga Class
This class is specifically designed for people living with cancer and is taught by a Certified Hatha Yoga instructor. Hatha Yoga is the preferred yoga practice for cancer patients. It focuses on easy movement and body postures, meditation and brAZZeathing. Classes meet every other Thursday. Southlake Campus, Cancer Resource Center, Pavilion B, 200 E. 89th Ave, Merrillville. For information, call 219-757-7212.
Methodist Hospitals Oncology Program
Southlake Campus: Pavilion B, 200 East 89th Drive, Merrillville, IN 46410 • 219-757-7212