The ACFRO Difference
Whether it’s for your initial consultation or for a second opinion, our team of cancer experts are fighting for you.
We know what it takes to beat cancer and it goes beyond your radiation therapy. The Austin Center for Radiation Oncology provides comprehensive radiation oncology services including:
- IGRT/IMRT Precision Radiation Therapy
- ACR Accreditation for CT Imaging
- Cancer Education Resource Center
- Oncology Physical Therapy
- Aftercare Patient Education
- Financial Counseling
- Dietitiary and Nutrition Education and Resources
- Transportation Assistance
- Alumni & Support Groups
- Three-Dimensional Conformal Radiotherapy (3DCRT)
IGRT/IMRT Precision Radiation Therapy is one of the ways to deliver and target radiation into the body. Radiation delivery techniques give the Radiation Oncologist more choices for how to best target and treat the cancer. Depending on the type and stage of the cancer, one or more methods may be used to maximize tumor reduction and minimize damage to your normal healthy tissue. Below is a summary of the treatment services we provide.
Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) involves the use of multiple high-energy x-ray beams to target your tumor. The radiation beams are calculated in advance as part of your specific treatment plan to deliver precise radiation while minimizing the dose to the healthy surrounding tissues. The strength of the beams can be adjusted as necessary depending on the size, location and stage of the cancer.
Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) is a radiation treatment supported by enhanced graphic targeting. By targeting the treatment area using 2 and 3-D imagery, we can achieve better patient outcomes with fewer side effects. This is particularly useful when addressing prostate, testicular, bone and skin cancers and other sites in the body. The clinician can retarget the treatment area daily to compensate for any movement of internal organs and also to adjust for the change in size and shape of the cancer.
Three-Dimensional Conformal Radiotherapy (3DCRT) is a complex process used to treat tumors that in the past might have been considered too close to vital organs and structures for radiation therapy. 3DCRT begins with a “virtual simulation” in which computed tomography (CT) scans of the region of interest are obtained. The CT simulation creates a permanent digital file that can be accessed by the entire treatment planning group to develop multiple, individualized courses of therapy. These data sets are then used to generate 3D computer images and to develop complex plans to deliver highly “conformed” (or focused) radiation while sparing healthy adjacent tissue. Because higher doses of radiation can be delivered to cancer cells while significantly reducing the amount of radiation received by surrounding healthy tissues, the technique should increase the rate of tumor control while decreasing side effects.
Computer Tomography (CT) Scanning & Simulation is used to map the organs and structures within the body. When a treatment plan is developed, a CT Simulation is necessary to acquire measurements and other technical data. The patient is positioned on the CT scanner table where multiple scans are performed to generate a digital 3-D reconstruction of the tumor area. The information collected during simulation helps the radiation oncologist, physicist, dosimetrist, and therapists deliver the radiation.
The Austin Center for Radiation has received accreditation from the American College of Radiation for CT Imaging.
Oncology Physical Therapy can help manage the rehabilitative needs of patients resulting from the treatment of post-operative and active cancer disease. Physical therapy goals typically include improving range of motion after surgery, generalized strengthening, core strengthening, lympedema education, improving cardiovascular function, and decreasing pain. This therapy can include massage, bandaging, and exercises and is an important part of the integrated radiation oncology services provided at The Austin Center for Radiation Oncology.