2009-10-23 / Columnists

PHC Health Talk

PHC Department of Radiation Oncology and its Future
Commentary by David Schwartz, Md. Director, Radiation Oconology Peninsula Hospital Center

2Fact: 65 percent of all cancer patients will require radiation during their treatment: as the solo treatment after surgery, before surgery or in conjunction with chemotherapy. Radiation can be performed with the intent to cure cancers or to stop the pain from the cancer.

Peninsula Hospital Center (PHC) De partment of Radiation Oncology will soon enter a new dimension of excellence with the addition of a state-ofthe art linear accelerator and CT/simulator.

Always at the forefront of medical advances, PHC was one of the first facilities in all of Queens to have a linear accelerator, making it available to pa tients approximately 15 years ago. These new additions and upgrades, expected to debut in early 2010, permit PHC to take advantage of the very latest in medical technological breakthroughs. apy (IMRT), which allows the precise targeting of radiation directed at the disease, sparing normal surrounding tissues. Thanks to the use of a CT, the radiation oncologist identifies exactly which structures and tissues need to be treated…and just as importantly, which healthy structures need to be avoided. The most efficient and effective treatment plan is then developed.

These modalities can then be used in conjunction with Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT), which allows the physician to check the position of the tumor immediately prior to treatment. This allows your physician to modify, even more precisely, the radiation treatments on a daily basis, taking into account the tiny organ movement which may be present.

Cancers that will be treated at Peninsula include prostate carcinoma, breast carcinoma, lung carcinoma, head and neck carcinoma, skin carcinoma, rectal/GI carcinomas, lymphomas, esophageal malignancies, bladder carcinoma and others.

Your cancer treatment team consists of dedicated, high experienced medical oncologists, urologists and surgeons.

To learn more about these and other new developments aimed at safeguarding the health of our community, visit www.peninsulahospital. org or call 718-734-2620.

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