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Cutting Edge Technology: Radiation Oncology

Oncology

Radiation Oncology services offers our patients cutting-edge technology.  The center is equipped with a state of the art linear accelerator, which emits a beam of radiation into the tumor, destroying the cancer cells.  Our team is able to treat the tumor with pinpoint accuracy while minimizing side effects using Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) and Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT).

IGRT technology accounts for motion to ensure that the target is in the same position every treatment session. With IGRT, innovative radiographic, fluoroscopic and cone-beam CT modes enables clinicians to verify that treatments are given in the same position every day.

IGRT provides high-resolution, three-dimensional images to pinpoint tumor sites, adjust patient positioning when necessary, and complete a treatment—all within the standard treatment time slot. These capabilities take IMRT one step further by raising the quality of patient care and improving efficiency.

IMRT "paints" the radiation dose onto the tumor with pinpoint precision. This technique is used on certain cancers to spare healthy surrounding tissue.  IMRT has proven to be a remarkably effective way to treat cancer and improve patients’ lives during treatment and beyond.

JFK Medical Center Cancer Services in conjunction with the Neuroscience Institute was the first hospital in New Jersey to offer the advancements of the Gamma Knife, a stereotactic radiosurgery technique that can eradicate tumors deep within the brain without a single incision.  This innovative technology, created and used exclusively for the treatment of brain tumors and vascular malformations, offers multiple benefits compared to conventional brain surgery.  These benefits include reduced risk of complications, shorter hospitalization and virtually painless treatment.