The Radiation Therapy department is dedicated to creating a comfortable, anxiety-free experience for each patient. Precision is the key to destroying cancer cells. Our Radiation Therapy department offers state-of-the-art technology, including Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT), Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), Multileaf Collimator Linear Accelerator (MLC), and the state of Nebraska’s only CyberKnife Center.
The highly-skilled, multidisciplinary team treats many cancers that were once considered inoperable, because of location, size, or surrounding vulnerable tissue. Cancers, such as head and neck, prostate, spine, lung, breast, liver, pancreas, kidney, and metastatic, brain tumors, can now accurately be treated with minimal risk to the surrounding organs, structures, and tissue. Learn more about our team.CyberKnife Center delivers an intense dose of radiation from more than 1,000 different points surrounding the cancer. That intensity and pinpoint accuracy means patients typically need fewer than five treatments and have far fewer side effects than other radiation treatments.
Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) is a dynamic system to guide radiation delivery. Our IGRT uses a highly specialized On-Board Imager (OBI) to provide high-resolution images and a tracking system for pin-point accuracy in guiding radiation beams before and during treatment.
The OBI allows for last-minute fine-tuning, even during treatment to accommodate for subtle changes in patient positioning or for movement of the tumor itself due to digestion, respiration, or normal organ shifting. While the linear accelerator uses high-energy beams to treat and kill tumors, the OBI uses low-energy, high resolution beams and fluoroscopy to acquire the clear images used to guide the treatment beam.
It is the OBI that truly makes the Saint Elizabeth radiation therapy different from all others. With real-time tumor tracking, radiation doses can be intensified for faster relief of symptoms and increase the potential of curing inoperable cancers, while preserving normal tissue.
Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) targets the tumor with a radiation divided into hundreds of tiny, individually-controlled radiation beamlets.
Most significantly, IMRT uses computer-generated images to plan and focus an ultra-precise level of radiation to individually-targeted segments of the tumor. Substantially higher doses of cancer-killing energy can, therefore, be concentrated in dense areas of the tumor while lower doses can be used in thinner tumor areas or areas where organs or sensitive tissue needs protection.
This capability of precise targeting with the ability to adjust radiation dosages significantly improves therapeutic outcomes while dramatically lessening the impact on normal surrounding tissue.
Multileaf Collimator Linear Accelerator (MLC) 120 individually flexible “leaves” shape the radiation beam to perfectly sculpt the shape of the tumor, even very irregularly shaped tumors. Therefore, radiation is targeted with incredible accuracy and to dramatically limit damage to surrounding tissue.
Our goal is not only to treat the cancer, but to care for the patient and their family in a healing environment.