If our cancer team has recommended radiation therapy as part of your cancer treatment, you can be assured that our entire staff will make you as comfortable as possible throughout your treatment. Everyone on our staff strives to treat you as they would their own family members. You are at the center of all we do, and we’re committed to delivering the highest possible care to you in your own community.
Our six board-certified radiation oncologists have more than 80 years of experience in treating cancer with multiple types of radiation therapy. In addition, our radiation specialists are involved in clinical research trials that may give you added options for care. They work closely with you, our medical oncologists and surgeons to create the best possible treatment plan for your cancer.
Why Radiation Therapy at Gibbs Cancer Center?
As a comprehensive center, we offer a full range of radiation therapy options and are equipped to tackle the most complex cases. Our therapies vary from conventional external beam radiation, which can treat a larger area, to sophisticated tools like the CyberKnife®, which delivers high-dose radiation with incredible precision from hundreds of angles. In every case, we follow the strictest national guidelines to achieve the safest and best result for you.
Radiation therapy alters the DNA in cancer cells so they cannot reproduce successfully. As our radiation oncology team delivers radiation beams to cancerous tumors with greater precision than ever, they also work to minimize damage to healthy tissue that surrounds the tumor.
Sophisticated 3-D imaging equipment aids our doctors and technicians in locating and defining the exact size and shape of your tumor to deliver the radiation with the utmost accuracy.
Generally, radiation therapy is given to shrink the size of cancer before surgery, to treat a tumor directly during surgery or to kill remaining cancer cells following surgery. Areas commonly treated with radiation therapy include the brain, breast, chest, head, neck, pelvis, rectum and abdomen.
For prostate and some gynecologic cancers, our radiation oncologists are also skilled at delivering radiation with brachytherapy, a procedure in which radioactive “seeds” are implanted at the site of the tumor.
At Gibbs, every patient’s case is reviewed by teams of healthcare professionals who specialize in each patient’s specific type of cancer – these meetings are called multidisciplinary conferences. Our participation in weekly multidisciplinary conferences strengthens our overall approach to cancer treatment. When radiation oncologists and other specialists come together to review your care plan, you benefit from their combined expertise and experience.
Radiation oncology services are available at the Gibbs Cancer Center in Spartanburg and at Pelham Medical Center in Greer.
Radiation Therapy Technologies at Gibbs
We offer the most comprehensive radiation oncology services in the Upstate at Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute. These include:
- Conventional external beam radiation therapy (EBRT)
- Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
- Image guided radiation therapy (IGRT)
- RapidArc® treatments on Truebeam®
- Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS)
- Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT)
- High dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy
- CyberKnife® and TomoTherapy® for more complex treatments requiring great precision