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Radiation Oncology Program

At the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute, our Radiation Oncology Program offers patients a comprehensive array of radiation therapy treatments for pediatric and adult cancers. Performed by experienced, board-certified radiation oncologists, our state-of-the-art treatments include:

Image-guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)

IGRT is the most advanced form of radiation therapy available. It enables doctors to precisely locate and visualize tumors before each radiation dose is administered. In addition, our cutting-edge Trilogy delivery system enables doctors to select the most appropriate treatment for cancer in the body, head or neck, and allows us to deliver treatments all through one machine in a single room.

Stereotactic Radiosurgery and Radiotherapy

This process allows the experts at the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute’s Radiation Oncology Program to administer high-dose radiation in one to five treatments, instead of the many smaller doses given in a standard radiation treatment. We use two types of two types of stereotactic radiosurgery and radiotherapy.

  • Gamma Knife radiosurgery: Despite its name, the Gamma Knife isn’t really a knife at all. Instead, it’s a form of radiosurgery, a non-invasive neurosurgical procedure that uses powerful doses of radiation to precisely target and treat diseased brain tissue while leaving the surrounding healthy tissue intact. This advanced technology enables the radiation oncologists at the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute to operate on brain lesions that were once considered inoperable, and offers new hope for patients with brain tumors, vascular malformations and functional disorders. In 1996, Florida Hospital established the Gamma Knife Center, the first of its kind in Central Florida. Since then, we’ve treated thousands of patients with all kinds of brain lesions and other conditions. We’re also the only facility in Central Florida to provide radiation treatment with the Leskell Gamma Knife 4C, the most cutting-edge technology available today, which uses robot assistance to operate on brain tumors.
  • TrueBeam technology: TrueBeam is a technology specifically designed to treat lung, breast, head and neck and other types of cancer. It features a multitude of advanced technological innovations that dramatically synchronize imaging, patient positioning, motion management and treatment delivery. TrueBeam not only significantly shortens the treatment time, but more importantly, because it enables the radiation oncologists at the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute to pinpoint tumors without damaging nearby healthy tissue.

External Beam Radiation

External beam radiation delivers high doses of radiation to specifically target affected cancer sites and minimize the radiation to surrounding healthy tissue.

Intensity-modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)

IMRT is a highly accurate radiation instrument with fewer side effects than traditional radiation therapy. It allows for superior dose distributions and can treat tumors located near critical structures in the body.

Three-dimensional Simulation and Treatment Planning

This procedure utilizes cutting-edge three-dimensional imaging information that allows the radiation oncologists at the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute to visualize the targeted tumor and critical structures, enabling them to formulate an optimal treatment plan specifically for each individual patient.

Electronic Compensation

Cancer is an individual disease. Electronic compensation allows us to ensure that cancer treatment is specific and customized to the individual as well. This process allows our patients to receive more evenly distributed radiation doses by compensating for variations in patient anatomy.

Multi-modality Image Fusion

Image fusion electronically incorporates patients’ anatomical data from different imaging methods, including CT, MRI and PET scans. The fusion of these images provides a greater swath of information, which in turn enables the experts at the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute to better plan each patient’s treatment regimen.

Radioactive Seed Implants

In this treatment process for prostate cancer, radiation seeds that are about the size of a grain of rice are placed inside the prostate, where they kill the cancer cells.

Schedule an Appointment

If you would like to schedule an appointment with the expert radiation oncologists at the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute’s Radiation Oncology Program, we make it easy. Call (407) 303-1700 or contact us online today. These specially trained oncology professionals serve as our patients’ services concierge, helping them with every stage of the diagnosis and treatment process. The call is free, and no insurance authorization or referral is necessary. If you’re calling after hours, please leave a detailed message and we will get back to you within one business day.

The Florida Hospital Cancer Institute is accredited by several national cancer organizations for their quality, outcomes and comprehensive care. FHCI is accredited by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer (COC) and the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI). Most recently, our Clinical Research Center has been awarded a $2.1 million grant from the National Cancer Institute’s Community Clinical Oncology Program (CCOP), allowing FHCI access to NCI’s prevention, control and treatment trials for cancer treatment and prevention. Learn more about clinical trials and The Florida Hospital Radiation Oncology Program.

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