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 Radiation Therapy

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.

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:

Proton Therapy

Miami Cancer Institute combines personalized, compassionate care and advanced proton therapy technology to deliver a one-of-a-kind treatment experience. Our Proton Therapy Center offers the most advanced form of pencil beam scanning (PBS) technology available today in all three of our gantry-based, treatment rooms.

Using this PBS technology in conjunction with state-of-the-art volumetric and surface imaging technologies, we are able to maximize the delivery precision and accuracy of Intensity Modulated Proton Therapy (IMPT) treatments. With IBA’s latest generation proton delivery platform, we are the first and only center in the United States to bring each of these advances together – making this highly sophisticated cancer care easily accessible to our patients. Proton therapy precisely targets tumors and largely spares normal surrounding tissue, thus decreasing the patient’s risk of side effects.

Our nationally and internationally recognized cancer experts know how best to utilize proton therapy for each patient. Our team, who collectively have over 25 years of proton therapy experience, not only takes care of our patients under active treatment, but also are involved in cutting-edge clinical research that stands to improve the outcomes of cancer patients for years to come.​

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.

Brachytherapy

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. 

CyberKnife

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

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.

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