Radiation Oncology at Dickstein Cancer Treatment Center
The Dickstein Cancer Treatment Center's Department of Radiation Oncology combines state-of-the-art therapy in a caring community environment-it's the best in cancer treatment available in the 21st Century. The Center offers the most advanced tools and technology in the fight against cancer available anywhere. The Radiation Oncology staff brings expertise from the finest teaching hospitals in the United States to give our patients the very best in care.
The Radiation Oncology Department's leading-edge technology includes:
- Varian RapidArcTM: A radiotherapy technology that is a new approach to image-guided, intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IGRT/IMRT) that delivers precise treatments in shorter times than conventional IMRT. WPHC is the first hospital in Westchester, and one of the first in the region, to acquire this newest method of radiation therapy. For more detailed information on RapidArc, see this page.
- Varian Trilogy and Varian 21EX Linacs: High-energy linear accelerators that deliver carefully focused X-rays to tumors. They are the highest powered energy accelerators in Westchester County.
- GE Advantage CT Simulator
- Millennium Multileaf Collimator: Allows for custom field shaping, reducing the dose of radiation to normal healthy tissue.
- Aria and Eclipse radiation therapy equipment.
Brachytherapy for Prostate Cancer
In brachytherapy for prostate cancer, radioactive seeds are permanently implanted in the prostate gland using computerized axial tomography and real time ultrasound guidance. This approach has been compared to "smart bombs". The Hospital's radiation oncology experts place the seeds directly into the prostate gland, avoiding the normal, healthy adjacent structures.
A multidisciplinary oncology team consisting of urologists, radiation oncologists and physicists perform this advanced procedure. Patients are able to go home the same day and can resume normal activities in a week.
The implanted seeds remain safely in the patient for his lifetime and emit radiation over a period of eight months for the desired therapeutic results. Side effects are minimal and early results are very promising as an effective treatment option for a select group of prostate cancer patients.
For more information about radiation oncology services at the Dickstein Cancer Treatment Center, please call
Meet Randy Stevens, MD, Director of Radiation Therapy at White Plains Hospital