Radiation Oncology

acr radonc sealThe Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in radiation oncology by the American College of Radiology (ACR), which is the nation's oldest and most widely accepted radiation oncology accrediting body. The ACR seal of accreditation represents the highest level of quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting specific practice guidelines and technical standards. Patient care and treatment, patient safety, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are also assessed.

The Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center delivers truly advanced radiation therapy services with these technological innovations:

Varian 21Ex Linear Accelerator

Provides image-guided radiation therapy that optimizes accuracy and enables clinicians to potentially improve outcomes for patients.

Varian Eclipse treatment planning and virtual simulation software

Designed to significantly speed up treatment planning by automating many time-consuming functions.

GE CT/SIM

Provides high-quality three-dimensional imaging of the patient in treatment position.

Varian Acuity Simulator

Offers filmless verification and documentation of patient set-up before the first treatment.

High Dose Rate Brachytherapy

Primarily used for treating breast, prostate and gynecological cancers and often results in fewer side effects and shorter recovery times. New, more precise targeting methods enable clinicians to use brachytherapy to treat areas that just a few years ago would have been considered too risky, such as within the lung or in the head and neck.

Respiratory Gating

A new technique in radiation therapy that allows the therapist to more accurately treat targets that move with patient breathing. By selectively treating the target, we can also minimize the volume of healthy tissues that are irradiated.

On-board Imager

A powerful tool integrated with the accelerator that allows more precise cancer treatment by giving the radiation oncologist the ability to target and track tumors more accurately.

For more information call 304.399.6501 or fax 304.399.6528.

Physician Profiles

Name:Dixon, Grace A., M.D.
Specialty:Radiation Oncology

Name:Murphy, Charles W., M.D.
Specialty:Radiation Oncology
Medical school:University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA)