With over 20 years of proven experience in providing radiation therapy, OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony's Health Center in Alton, Illinois, offers state-of-the-art radiation oncology services including:
- 3D-CRT – Three Dimensional Conformal Radiotherapy
- IGRT – Image-Guided Radiation Therapy
- IMRT – Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy Technology
- Stereotactic radiosurgery
- Superficial radiotherapy
Additionally, high-tech procedures are available, which allow the radiation oncologists to treat the cancer tissue while neighboring tissue is minimally affected.
James Piephoff, M.D. Radiation Oncologist
Radiation therapy is under the medical leadership of James Piephoff, M.D., Radiation Oncologist.
Approximately one-third to one-half of all cancer patients will receive radiation therapy, an effective way to treat many kinds of cancer in nearly any part of the body. Radiation therapy may also be used to relieve some symptoms of cancer, such as pain, headache or bleeding. Radiation therapy utilizes X-rays generated from machines called linear accelerators to create chemical changes within the tumor cells. These X-rays are aimed at the cancerous cells to prevent the cells from continued division. Eventually, this kills the cells.
Radiation therapy is a carefully planned and monitored process. An enormous amount of work is involved behind the scenes before a patient has his/her first treatment. Our radiation oncologists use information gathered from X-rays, MRI and CT scans, bone scans, etc., to determine where the radiation should be delivered. Through the use of the latest 3-Dimension treatment planning systems, CT data can now be reconstructed into a 3-D model of the patient, allowing the physician to locate and treat disease with better visualization and accuracy than ever before. This new technology can provide for more complex treatment regimens and aids in the protection of healthy tissue.
Radiation may also be given in the form of placing radioactive materials in sealed containers next to cancerous tissues. This is known as brachytherapy. Also, in certain instances, radioactive substances are injected into the bloodstream or taken by mouth to treat specific types of cancer.