More than half of all cancer patients receive some form of radiation therapy as part of their treatment plan. Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare’s Bourland Radiation Oncology Center enables our patients to receive a continuum of care better than that of many big city facilities — only closer to home.
Radiation therapy is a cancer treatment that uses high doses of targeted radiation provided by a linear accelerator. The Bourland Radiation Oncology Center will feature one of the most advanced medical linear accelerators available today, the Varian Medical Systems TrueBeam.
TrueBeam uses high precision, image-guided stereotactic radiosurgery and radiotherapy to treat tumors almost anywhere in the body.
Our Radiation Oncology Center provides a variety of external beam radiation therapies that precisely target cancer cells while sparing the surrounding healthy tissue. Using image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT), intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), and stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), GVMH specialists will be able to treat cancers of the brain, spine, head and neck, lung, breast, esophagus, stomach, rectum, uterus, prostate, bladder, liver and skeleton.
Most treatment plans will begin with an in-depth discussion with your doctor and a planning visit, called a simulation. During the simulation, we will perform a thorough CT scan of the tumor and create a treatment plan targeting precise locations of the cancer.
Once agreed to by you and your team, a plan dictated by your individual situation is enacted. The specific timing of each radiation program varies from patient to patient, but each is carried out precisely as ordered by GVMH specialists. All procedures are performed on an outpatient basis and typically take half an hour or less.
Saving our neighbors extra hours of driving time during a course of radiation treatments will be among the most appreciated benefits of the GVMH Bourland Radiation Oncology Center. Considering a typical treatment program for breast cancer will require a treatment every weekday for five or six weeks, our new technology amounts to a welcome reduction in stress, gasoline and lost time for our neighbors. That’s why we call it the Golden Standard of Cancer Care.