Radiation Oncology

Methodist Hospitals is confronting cancer in Northwest Indiana with the latest technology to deliver fast, precise treatments for a wide range of challenging cancer cases.

With the TrueBeam and Gamma Knife technologies, Methodist Hospitals offers some of the most powerful radiation treatment solutions – delivering non-invasive radiation therapy that delivers high-dose treatments with extreme precision. Both technologies enable Methodist radiation oncologists to tailor a treatment plan that will target cancer while minimizing healthy tissue’s exposure to radiation.


Methodist Hospitals’ TrueBeam system is a revolutionary radiotherapy and radiosurgery system that precisely delivers high doses of radiation, narrowly targeting tumors while avoiding surrounding healthy tissues and organs. This multimillion dollar technology opens the door to new treatment possibilities for many complex and challenging cancers, including breast, prostate, lung, along with head and neck.

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Gamma Knife

Home to Northwest Indiana’s first Gamma Knife since 2003, Methodist Hospitals is now equipped with the Gamma Knife Perfexion – the latest generation of the most advanced radiosurgical technology for the non-invasive treatment of malignant brain tumors and benign brain tumors, vascular malformations and trigeminal neuralgia.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the Northwest Indiana Gamma Knife Center at Methodist Hospitals.

The TrueBeam and Gamma Knife technologies enable Methodist Hospitals to offer these radiation oncology treatments:

Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy

Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy 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 Radiotherapy 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 Radiotherapy:
  • 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 Radiotherapy 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 Radiotherapy.
  • 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 Radiotherapy 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 Radiotherapy is a highly effective alternative to conventional surgery or chemotherapy for eliminating these tumors.

External Beam Radiation Therapy (EBRT)

One of the most significant breakthroughs in radiation treatments of the last three decades, EBRT can reach hard-to-access tumors with laser accuracy. In EBRT, 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 TrueBeam linear accelerators, combined with electronic portal imaging systems to plan a three-dimensional, precise dose of radiation.

Advantages of EBRT
  • 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 the TrueBeam linear accelerator to deliver EBRT.

Gamma Knife

Not a knife at all, the Gamma Knife is a unique, sophisticated technology that allows brain surgery to be performed without a scalpel. Learn more about the uses and benefits of the Gamma Knife.

Methodist is the FIRST hospital in NWI to be accredited by the
American College of Surgeon’s National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers.

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

Genetics Counseling

Identify your potential health risks in order to make informed decisions. The counseling 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: 219-757-7212

Lymphedema Clinic

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’ 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, MerrillvilleIN 46410  •  219-757-7212