Miami Cancer Institute’s world renowned radiation oncologists and advanced technologies give you a life-saving medical edge in your fight against cancer. Our radiation oncology team members are among the most experienced in the world, and we offer the most comprehensive radiology platforms available.
Minesh Mehta, M.D., a widely renowned expert in radiation oncology, proton therapy and cancer research, serves as the Institute’s deputy director and chief of Radiation Oncology. His broad experience and innovative research have led to significant advances in the treatment of cancer. (Link Minesh Mehta, M.D., to his physician bio.)
Radiation therapy uses focused, high-energy photon beams to destroy cancer cells, reducing the size of the cancerous tumor. More than half of cancer patients will have some type of radiation therapy, which can be used alone or in combination with other therapies. At Miami Cancer Institute, radiation therapy includes a complete range of treatment options:
Miami Cancer Institute’s Proton Therapy Center is the only one of its kind in South Florida and one of only 14 such centers in the United States, positioning the Institute as the region’s top destination for this leading-edge treatment. The Institute has three proton treatment rooms with the newest form of proton therapy – pencil-beam scanning – the most precise and accurate way to deliver radiation to a tumor.
Proton therapy, which uses charged particles called protons rather than the X-rays used in conventional radiation therapy, is one of the most exciting advances in the fight against certain types of cancer. Because proton beams do not penetrate beyond the tumor, healthy tissue is spared and treatment-related side effects are minimized. Using proton therapy reduces the risk of damage to bones and soft tissues and decreases the odds of other tumors later in life, which makes it particularly effective for treating childhood cancers.
The Institute’s proton therapy program is led by Marcio Fagundes, M.D., medical director and vice chair, and Michael Chuong, M.D., lead physician. Drs. Fagundes and Chuong are renowned experts in proton therapy and have vast experience utilizing the precise form of radiation therapy to treat some of the most challenging tumors. They provide patients with advanced cancer care and conduct clinical trials designed to help find new and innovative ways to treat cancer with radiation therapy.
3-D Conformal Radiation Therapy
Using three-dimensional scans, your doctor can determine the exact shape and size of the tumor and target it with very high doses of radiation therapy while minimizing damage to healthy tissue.
Using a special needle or catheter, your physician places tiny, cancer-killing radioactive seeds at the tumor site. The seeds can be left inside the body to release radiation over time, or they can be inserted for several minutes or hours and removed.
Highly skilled radiation oncologists at Miami Cancer Institute use CyberKnife – a type of radiation therapy called stereotactic radiosurgery – to destroy tumors with extremely precise, intense doses of radiation, sparing healthy tissue.
CyberKnife’s frameless radiosurgery system mounted on a robotic arm enables your radiation oncologist to define the target and deliver radiation directly to the tumor from different angles — including hard-to-reach areas that cannot be treated with conventional surgery. CyberKnife can be performed as an outpatient procedure, which means you can quickly return to normal activities.
CyberKnife is used to treat:
Intensity-modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
Computer-controlled radiation beams are precisely shaped to match the tumor shape and attack it from various angles. Our radiation oncologists use special planning software to properly position you for the most accurate treatment. This precision means more tumors are destroyed with fewer side effects.
Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT)
Using IORT, your radiation oncologist delivers a concentrated dose of radiation therapy to the tumor bed during surgery. This precision treatment session preserves healthy tissue and helps reduce side effects and time spent in treatment.
TomoTherapy – a type of radiation therapy called image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) – combines precise 3-D imaging from CT scanning with highly targeted radiation beams to deliver radiation with extreme precision. Because TomoTherapy integrates treatment planning, patient positioning and radiation treatment delivery with one machine, your treatment time is quicker.
TrueBeam STx ™
The innovative technology of Truebeam STx – a type of radiation therapy called stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) – gives your physician the ability to target previously untreatable tumors with precise doses of radiation. By combining real-time imaging and beam delivery with technology that rotates around the patient, TrueBeam delivers the prescribed radiation dose from nearly any angle. Miami Cancer Institute radiation oncologists use TrueBeam to treat prostate, head and neck, lung and liver cancer sites.