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 Radiation Therapy

Miami Cancer Institute’s world-renowned radiation oncology experts – and the advanced technologies we offer – provide you with a life-changing medical edge in your fight against cancer, right here in South Florida. 

As the only cancer center in the world to offer all of the latest radiation therapy technologies under one roof, the Institute is also home to South Florida’s first state-of-the-art Proton Therapy Center​, where our highly trained specialists and sub-specialists use the high-energy beams of proton therapy to target, attack and destroy cancer cells while minimizing side effects.   

All of the radiotherapy options we offer enable our team of physicians to provide the very best treatment and therapy approach for all patients, personalized specifically for each patient’s particular tumor. 

Led by Deputy Director and Chief of Radiation Oncology Minesh Mehta, M.D., an internationally recognized radiation oncology expert, proton therapy pioneer and leader, and cancer research expert, the Institute’s team of medical specialists collaborates with each other and across medical disciplines to offer patients comprehensive clinical expertise and access to innovative therapies and research. 

More than half of cancer patients will undergo some form of radiation therapy either as a singular therapy or in combination with other therapies, depending on each patient’s individual tumor. 

If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, would like more information about this or other radiation oncology programs, or would like a referral to our program, please call 786-596-2000 (main number), 786-527-8140 (radiation oncology), or 1-866-596-2330 (toll-free). Or if you prefer, please fill out our Online Form, and we will be happy to assist you.

International patients, please contact our International Services team at 1-786-596-2373 or email us at International@BaptistHealth.net​.

Proton Therapy

The radiation oncology experts at Miami Cancer Institute’s Proton Therapy Center​ combine compassionate care, world-recognized medical expertise and individualized, precise cancer treatments for each patient.  

In the Proton Therapy Center, our highly trained specialists and sub-specialists use high-energy particles, called protons, to target and destroy cancer cells. 

Proton therapy delivers less radiation dose to normal tissues near the tumor than other forms of radiation therapy, which can significantly reduce treatment-related side effects. It can also enable the experts to give a higher treatment dose to the tumor safely, which can further improve the ability to destroy tumor cells, and in some cases, enhance the cure rate.

The first proton therapy center in South Florida and one of approximately two dozen across the country, the Institute’s Proton Therapy Center provides patients access to pencil beam scanning (or PBS), which is the most advanced form of proton therapy available today. PBS spares normal, healthy tissues to a greater extent than the previous proton therapy technology and other conventional X-ray or photon techniques. 

Proton therapy is particularly beneficial in treating pediatric cancers because it can significantly reduce the risk of both early and delayed side effects, especially many years after radiation therapy. 

Additionally, proton therapy is useful for several different cancers, including: brain and spine, head and neck, breast, lung, esophagus, liver, biliary, gastric, rectal, anal, pancreatic, gynecologic, prostate, lymphoma, and sarcoma

Miami Cancer Institute’s proton therapy program and its internationally recognized experts have received global recognition for the highest levels of innovative process, quality and patient care.

Visit our Proton Therapy Center page to learn more about this advanced, proven therapy, which is available in our three state-of-the-art, inspirationally named proton therapy treatment rooms: Honor, Overcome and Positive. 

Our state-of-the-art treatment rooms each feature a special, inspirational name specifically with patients in mind.

Proton Therapy: Positive, Overcome & Honor Treatment Rooms​
ViewRay™ MRIdian MR Linac Therapy: Valiant Room
Gamma Knife Therapy: Grace Treatment Room
CyberKnife™ Therapy: Nurture Treatment Room
TrueBeam™ Therapy: Respect, Achieve & Courage Treatment Rooms
Radixact™ TomoTherapy: Inspire Treatment Room

If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, would like more information about this or other radiation oncology programs, or would like a referral to our program, please call 786-596-2000 (main number), 786-527-8140 (radiation oncology), or 1-866-596-2330 (toll-free). Or if you prefer, please fill out our Online Form, and we will be happy to assist you.

International patients, please contact our International Services team at 1-786-596-2373 or email us at International@BaptistHealth.net​.

ViewRay™ MRIdian MR Linac Therapy 

The first site in the southern United States and one of only a few in the country to offer this extremely advanced form of radiation therapy, Miami Cancer Institute and our team of world-renowned experts offer ViewRay™ MRIdian MR Linac Therapy, the first FDA-cleared MR-guided radiation therapy system. 

This treatment provides a novel combination of simultaneous radiation delivery with continuous magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, which helps the Institute’s specialists and sub-specialists offer the most advanced treatment based on real-time visualization of the tumor. What does that mean? Even more accuracy than ever before, especially when treating tumors in the chest and abdomen, which move as part of a patient’s normal breathing pattern and motion (for example, in patients with lung, liver or pancreatic tumors).

Additionally, these experts can further personalize each patient’s treatment based on changes in tumor shape or location as well as on changes that may occur in surrounding tissues – either on a daily or treatment-by-treatment basis. 

To find out if MRIdian MR Linac Therapy may be the right therapy for you, your Miami Cancer Institute team of experts will discuss all of your treatment options with you in person.

For this therapy, patients are treated in the state-of-the-art Valiant ViewRay MRIdian MR Linac Therapy Treatment Room, named to recognize the spirit of our patients. 

Our state-of-the-art treatment rooms each feature a special, inspirational name specifically with patients in mind.

Proton Therapy: Positive, Overcome & Honor Treatment Rooms​
ViewRay™ MRIdian MR Linac Therapy: Valiant Room
Gamma Knife Therapy: Grace Treatment Room
CyberKnife™ Therapy: Nurture Treatment Room
TrueBeam™ Therapy: Respect, Achieve & Courage Treatment Rooms
Radixact™ TomoTherapy: Inspire Treatment Room

If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, would like more information about this or other radiation oncology programs or would like a referral to our program, please call 786-596-2000 (main number), 786-527-8140 (radiation oncology), or 1-866-596-2330 (toll-free). Or if you prefer, please fill out our Online Form, and we will be happy to assist you.

International patients, please contact our International Services team at 1-786-596-2373 or email us at International@BaptistHealth.net.

Gamma Knife Icon™ Radiosurgery

As part of Miami Cancer Institute’s internationally recognized Radiation Oncology Program, our team of experts offers a non-surgical radiation treatment called Gamma Knife Radiosurgery, the most modern technology available, in South Florida’s only state-of-the-art Icon™ Gamma Knife Center.

Our radiation oncology specialists deliver Icon Gamma Knife Radiosurgery by using multiple radiation beams to target small, benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous) lesions inside the brain. This treatment can also be used to treat other benign conditions, such as trigeminal neuralgia or arteriovenous malformations in the brain

By harnessing 192 radioactive cobalt sources that focus gamma rays to the center of a brain lesion, the Institute’s team of specialists can deliver an intense dose of radiation while minimizing the risk of harm to surrounding tissues, arteries, nerves and other important areas in the brain. This outpatient treatment is typically delivered over a course of one to five treatments.

A unique option for some patients treated with Gamma Knife Radiosurgery at the Institute is non-invasive, outpatient treatments with the latest technology. Instead of the traditional frame-based approach (in which a precision frame is placed on a patient’s head prior to radiosurgery by a neurosurgeon), some patients may be candidates for a mask-based treatment, which enables the experts to provide continuous infrared monitoring along with CT imaging. This ensures that patients receive the most accurate cranial radiosurgery treatment available in the least invasive way possible. 

To find out if Icon Gamma Knife Radiosurgery may be the right therapy for you, your Miami Cancer Institute team of experts will provide a comprehensive assessment and discuss with you which radiation therapy is best suited for your individual treatment needs.

Patients who receive Icon Gamma Knife Radiosurgery are treated in the state-of-the-art Grace Treatment Room, named to provide inspiration and hope to all patients.

Our state-of-the-art treatment rooms each feature a special, inspirational name specifically with patients in mind.

Proton Therapy: Positive, Overcome & Honor Treatment Rooms​
ViewRay™ MRIdian MR Linac Therapy: Valiant Room
Gamma Knife Therapy: Grace Treatment Room
CyberKnife™ Therapy: Nurture Treatment Room
TrueBeam™ Therapy: Respect, Achieve & Courage Treatment Rooms
Radixact™ TomoTherapy: Inspire Treatment Room

If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, would like more information about this or other radiation oncology programs or would like a referral to our program, please call 786-596-2000 (main number), 786-527-8140 (radiation oncology), or 1-866-596-2330 (toll-free). Or if you prefer, please fill out our Online Form, and we will be happy to assist you.

International patients, please contact our International Services team at 1-786-596-2373 or email us​ at International@BaptistHealth.net.

(Source: NIH.gov​)

CyberKnife™ Therapy

Miami Cancer Institute’s world-renowned Radiation Oncology team offers a highly advanced radiation treatment called CyberKnife™ Therapy – the first and only comprehensive robotic radiation delivery system used to treat benign (non-cancerous) and malignant (cancerous) tumors.

The Miami Cancer Institute radiology specialists use CyberKnife technology to deliver high doses of radiation precisely – with millimeter-accuracy – to tumors in virtually any location in the body, often in as few as one to five treatments.

Additionally, CyberKnife Therapy enables your team of radiation experts to use sophisticated imaging techniques throughout treatment to track moving tumors continuously, such as those of the lung and abdomen – in real time. By actively and continuously tracking tumor movement, the experts ensure that radiation beams are always focused exclusively on the tumor, minimizing the impact on normal, healthy tissue.

Other cancers that can be treated with CyberKnife Therapy include those of the brain, lung, spine, adrenal gland, prostate, liver and pancreas.

To find out if CyberKnife Therapy may be the right option for you, your Miami Cancer Institute team of experts will discuss with you which radiation therapy is best suited for your individual treatment needs.

CyberKnife Therapy patients are treated in the state-of-the-art Nurture Treatment Room, named to provide inspiration and hope to all patients.

Our state-of-the-art treatment rooms each feature a special, inspirational name specifically with patients in mind.

Proton Therapy: Positive, Overcome & Honor Treatment Rooms​
ViewRay™ MRIdian MR Linac Therapy: Valiant Room
Gamma Knife Therapy: Grace Treatment Room
CyberKnife™ Therapy: Nurture Treatment Room
TrueBeam™ Therapy: Respect, Achieve & Courage Treatment Rooms
Radixact™ TomoTherapy: Inspire Treatment Room

If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, would like more information about this or other radiation oncology programs or would like a referral to our program, please call 786-596-2000 (main number), 786-527-8140 (radiation oncology), or 1-866-596-2330 (toll-free). Or if you prefer, please fill out our Online Form, and we will be happy to assist you.

International patients, please contact our International Services team at 1-786-596-2373 or email us at International@BaptistHealth.net.

TrueBeam™ Therapy

Imagine a tumor no larger than a few millimeters wide – about the size of a pencil tip. That’s where TrueBeam™ Therapy – in the hands of Miami Cancer Institute’s internationally acclaimed Radiation Oncology specialists – comes into play.

This versatile and innovative technology enables the experts to target even the smallest tumors with pinpoint accuracy as well as to treat other tumors virtually anywhere entire body (called Total Body Irradiation). Our radiation oncology specialists use sophisticated imaging and radiation delivery techniques, such as RapidArc®, which actually deliver radiation beams focused only on the tumor from all angles around the patient’s body.

To find out if TrueBeam Therapy may be the right therapy for you, your Miami Cancer Institute team of experts will discuss all of your treatment options with you. 

With this therapy, patients are treated in the state-of-the-art Respect, Achieve and Courage TrueBeam Therapy Rooms, named to provide inspiration and hope to all patients.

Our state-of-the-art treatment rooms each feature a special, inspirational name specifically with patients in mind.

Proton Therapy: Positive, Overcome & Honor Treatment Rooms​
ViewRay™ MRIdian MR Linac Therapy: Valiant Room
Gamma Knife Therapy: Grace Treatment Room
CyberKnife™ Therapy: Nurture Treatment Room
TrueBeam™ Therapy: Respect, Achieve & Courage Treatment Rooms
Radixact™ TomoTherapy: Inspire Treatment Room

If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, would like more information about this or other radiation oncology programs or a referral to our program, please call 786-596-2000 (main number), 786-527-8140 (radiation oncology), or 1-866-596-2330 (toll-free). Or if you prefer, please fill out our Online Form, and we will be happy to assist you.

International patients, please contact our International Services team at 1-786-596-2373 or email us at International@BaptistHealth.net.

Radixact™ TomoTherapy

The internationally acclaimed Radiation Oncology team at Miami Cancer Institute offers a highly advanced radiation treatment called Radixact™ TomoTherapy, which was developed as the first dedicated Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) delivery technology. In fact, our team of specialists participated in the initial clinical development and launch of this advanced technology, and our facility and experts are now considered a global showcase site for this form of radiation therapy.

By conducting a CT scan on patients to map the specific treatment area before treatment, the radiation oncology experts can combine precise 3D imaging with highly targeted radiation beams that are delivered from 360 degrees around the patient’s body, providing extremely specific and precise dose delivery. 

And because TomoTherapy integrates treatment planning, the patient’s body positioning and treatment delivery all with one highly advanced machine, treatment is extraordinarily streamlined and efficient.

To find out if TomoTherapy may be the right therapy for you, your Miami Cancer Institute team of experts will discuss with you which therapy is best suited for your individual treatment needs.

TomoTherapy patients are treated in the state-of-the-art Inspire Treatment Room, named to provide inspiration and hope to all patients.

Our state-of-the-art treatment rooms each feature a special, inspirational name specifically with patients in mind.

Proton Therapy: Positive, Overcome & Honor Treatment Rooms​
ViewRay™ MRIdian MR Linac Therapy: Valiant Room
Gamma Knife Therapy: Grace Treatment Room
CyberKnife™ Therapy: Nurture Treatment Room
TrueBeam™ Therapy: Radixact™ TomoTherapy: Inspire Treatment Room

If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, would like more information about this or other radiation oncology programs or would like a referral to our program, please call 786-596-2000 (main number), 786-527-8140 (radiation oncology), or 1-866-596-2330 (toll-free). Or if you prefer, please fill out our Online Form, and we will be happy to assist you.

International patients, please contact our International Services team at 1-786-596-2373 or email us at International@BaptistHealth.net.

Brachytherapy and Radionuclide Therapy 

Brachytherapy is a type of internal radiation therapy allowing your Miami Cancer Institute radiation therapy experts to focus radiation sources precisely and directly on your tumor while significantly minimizing radiation exposure to the rest of your body. There are two forms of brachytherapy currently available for patients treated at the Institute.

One form of brachytherapy, called Permanent Low Dose Rate (or LDR) therapy, involves placing seeds directly into a tumor. Each seed, about the size of a grain of rice, delivers radiation directly to cancer cells over a period of time, essentially from the inside out. Placing the seeds directly into the tumor limits the amount of radiation delivered to normal surrounding tissues. 

After treatment, the seeds can be left in place because they lose their radiation strength over time. Eventually, they are no longer radioactive, so they can be safely left inside the body without need for another surgery to retrieve them. 

The other form of brachytherapy available at the Institute, called High Dose Rate (or HDR) therapy, enables the specialists to use a catheter (a flexible tube) or an applicator to guide a single radioactive source in the tumor. After HDR treatment, the experts remove the source, along with the catheter or applicator.  

Brachytherapy is especially suited for prostate or gynecologic cancers (such as cervical or endometrial cancer).

In addition to seeds or catheters, radiation therapy can also be delivered by injecting a tumor-specific drug. This is known as Radionuclide Therapy. 

One form of Radionuclide Therapy is called liver radio-embolization, in which the Institute’s specialists can treat certain liver cancers by injecting radioactive microspheres (tiny, hollow, round particles injected into the blood vessels that feed a tumor*) directly into the tumor. 

Other radioactive therapies offered at the Cancer Institute include: 

  • Xofigo: an injectable radioactive drug used to treat painful sites of disease that has spread into the bones in patients with metastatic prostate cancer. 
  • Zevalin: an injectable radioactive drug used in conjunction with Rituximab to treat some patients with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. 
  • I-131: an oral radioactive drug used to treat certain thyroid cancers in conjunction with surgery, as well as to treat certain benign (non-cancerous) thyroid conditions.

To find out if Brachytherapy or Radionuclide Therapy may be right for you, your Miami Cancer Institute team of experts will discuss with you which therapy is best suited for your individual treatment needs.

(*Source: National Cancer Institute, www.cancer.gov)

Our state-of-the-art treatment rooms each feature a special, inspirational name specifically with patients in mind.​

Proton Therapy: Positive, Overcome & Honor Treatment Rooms​
ViewRay™ MRIdian MR Linac Therapy: Valiant Room
Gamma Knife Therapy: Grace Treatment Room
CyberKnife™ Therapy: Nurture Treatment Room
TrueBeam™ Therapy: Respect, Achieve & Courage Treatment Rooms
Radixact™ TomoTherapy: Inspire Treatment Room

If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, would like more information about this or other radiation oncology programs or a referral to our program, please call 786-596-2000 (main number), 786-527-8140 (radiation oncology), or 1-866-596-2330 (toll-free). Or if you prefer, please fill out our Online Form, and we will be happy to assist you.

International patients, please contact our International Services team at 1-786-596-2373 or email us at International@BaptistHealth.net.

Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy and Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy 

Miami Cancer Institute’s Radiation Oncology specialists can use highly sophisticated computer technology to shape radiation beams precisely – matching the tumor shape, then targeting and attacking it from numerous angles. This precision and expertise means patients often experience fewer treatment side effects. 

To find out if Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) or Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT)/RapidArc® may be the right therapy for you, your Miami Cancer Institute radiation oncology specialists will discuss all of your treatment options.

Patients who receive IMRT or VMAT are treated in the state-of-the-art Nurture, Respect, Achieve and Courage Treatment Rooms, named to provide inspiration and hope to all patients.

Our state-of-the-art treatment rooms each feature a special, inspirational name specifically with patients in mind.

Proton Therapy: Positive, Overcome & Honor Treatment Rooms​
ViewRay™ MRIdian MR Linac Therapy: Valiant Room
Gamma Knife Therapy: Grace Treatment Room
CyberKnife™ Therapy: Nurture Treatment Room
TrueBeam™ Therapy: Respect, Achieve & Courage Treatment Rooms
Radixact™ TomoTherapy: Inspire Treatment Room

If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, would like more information about this or other radiation oncology programs or would like a referral to our program, please call 786-596-2000 (main number), 786-527-8140 (radiation oncology), or 1-866-596-2330 (toll-free). Or if you prefer, please fill out our Online Form, and we will be happy to assist you.

International patients, please contact our International Services team at 1-786-596-2373 or email us at International@BaptistHealth.net.

Rectal Spacer for Prostate Cancer Treatment 

The internationally recognized Radiation Oncology specialists​ at Miami Cancer Institute can sometimes treat prostate cancer with an extremely advanced technology called rectal spacer.

Rectal spacer technology moves the rectum away from the prostate, which reduces radiation exposure to the rectum, minimizing risk of treatment-induced gastrointestinal side effects for prostate cancer patients undergoing high-dose radiation.  

Most patients can be candidates for rectal spacer technology, which the Cancer Institute’s experts often use for patients undergoing treatment that includes intensity modulated radiotherapy, stereotactic body radiotherapy, brachytherapy or proton therapy​.

Internationally recognized radiation oncology expert Marcio Fagundes, M.D., is one of the first specialists anywhere to use rectal spacer technology for prostate cancer patients treated with proton therapy, introducing this innovative therapy to South Florida at the Cancer Institute.

If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, would like more information about this or other radiation oncology programs or a referral to our program, please call 786-596-2000 (main number), 786-527-8140 (radiation oncology), or 1-866-596-2330 (toll-free). Or if you prefer, please fill out our Online Form​, and we will be happy to assist you.

International patients, please contact our International Services team at 1-786-596-2373 or email us at International@BaptistHealth.net.

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​Miami Cancer Institute’s Pediatric Radiation Oncology Clinic provides a warm, safe and welcoming area for our youngest patients and their families. We are proudly associated and actively collaborating with South Florida’s leading pediatric facility, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, jointly developing the largest, most comprehensive pediatric radiation oncology program in all of South Florida.

Paired with the most advanced and comprehensive suite of radiation therapies available anywhere in the nation (including Proton Therapy​ for children), our nationally recognized pediatric team of specialists and sub-specialists, including expertly trained pediatric nurses, social workers and child life specialists, work closely with radiation oncologists, radiation therapists, medical physicists and more to provide the most personalized, precise and targeted care for every child.

Our pediatric specialty team recognizes that the best possible therapies for children require a team-based approach, providing high quality, innovative care to both patients and their families. That’s why we are committed to delivering the most precise, personalized treatment plan and the finest care available.

From a warm, friendly initial consultation to a play-acting simulation to help children and their family members understand fully what to expect on their cancer journey – all the way through their regular physician visits – our pediatric care team members are experts in ensuring a smooth and comfortable care experience.

If your child has been diagnosed with cancer or you would like more information about our pediatric oncology program, please call 786-596-2000 (main number), 786-527-8140 (radiation oncology), or 1-866-596-2330 (toll-free). Or if you prefer, please fill out our Online Form, and we will be happy to assist you.

International patients, please contact our International Services team at 1-786-596-2373 or email us at International@BaptistHealth.net.​​​​​​​​​

Every single patient at Miami Cancer Institute deserves exceptional care with the best possible treatment options and the greatest level of compassion – all delivered by world-renowned experts in radiation oncology – and all under one roof.

That means the highest level of cancer care anywhere, conveniently delivered in the least stressful way possible. We get it. We know this is a challenging experience, and that’s why we are committed to making it as easy on you and your family as possible.

As soon as you arrive, you will be personally greeted by our associates, who will tend to virtually every aspect of your treatment journey with unparalleled expertise, compassion and care. 

While you’re here, in addition to feeling the warmth and kindness of our people, you’ll likely also notice the beautiful, calming indoor and outdoor spaces. These were designed in partnership with our patients, who provided firsthand accounts of what’s important to them while receiving world-class care. 

Whether it’s the tranquil natural light that radiates comfort, the cozy surroundings, or the aesthetically calming interior designed to help promote healing, every detail was incorporated to help you heal.

If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, would like more information about this or other radiation oncology programs or a referral to our program, please call 786-596-2000 (main number), 786-527-8140 (radiation oncology), or 1-866-596-2330 (toll-free). Or if you prefer, please fill out our Online​ Form​, and we will be happy to assist you.

International patients, please contact our International Services team at 1-786-596-2373 or email us at International@BaptistHealth.net.

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