Radiation oncology uses penetrating beams of high-energy radiation to injure and destroy cells by damaging their genetic material, making it impossible for the cells to continue to grow. Radiation can be used in concert with surgery and/or chemotherapy to halt the progression of cancer or minimize distressing side effects of the disease.
State-of-the-art radiation available at Holy Name:
- Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) - Doctors use online computerized imaging technologies to pinpoint the precise location of the tumor immediately before every treatment session and position the patient accurately on a daily basis. The process is aimed at improving treatment accuracy so that a smaller, more defined field of treatment can be used, which better protects healthy tissue surrounding the tumor and enables delivery of a higher dose of radiation to more effectively control the tumor.
- Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)- is now the gold standard in radiation treatment for many cancers, and is available at Holy Name. The Regional Cancer Center's late generation Varian-brand technology allows physicians to shape multiple beams of high-energy radiation to the precise dimensions of a malignancy, maximizing the dose of radiation to the tumor while minimizing exposure to surrounding healthy tissues.
- CT-Guided Prone-Breast Radiation Therapy - Unlike most breast radiation treatments, in which the patient receives radiation while lying on her back, Prone-Breast Radiation Therapy is administered while the patient lies facedown. With the breasts projected downward, radiation can be aimed with greater precision at the breast, while PET/CT is being used for diagnosis, staging and radiation treatment planning at Holy Name Medical Center. It is available at only select Medical Centers across New Jersey.
- Holy Name is the first Medical Center to use respiratory-gated PET/CT for respiratory-gated radiation treatment planning and during radiation therapy.
- High dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy is a computer-driven method allowing placement of a radiation source, or "seed," directly into a cancerous area.
- Stereotactic radiosurgery for brain lesions.
- GliaSite for the treatment of brain tumors.
- MammoSite for the treatment of breast cancer after lumpectomy, in appropriate patients.
The Regional Cancer Center
At Holy Name Medical Center
Radiation Oncology Accreditation Frequently Asked Questions
What should I know about radiation therapy treatments?
Why should I have my treatments at an accredited facility?
- Will my treatments be given by qualified physicians and staff?
- Does the facility have the equipment I need to receive safe and up-to-date cancer treatment?
- Is the facility accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR)-American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)?
A diagnosis of cancer is usually a life-changing experience for patients and their loved ones. As they seek treatment for their disease, cancer patients need to know that they are receiving safe and appropriate care. To achieve ACR-ASTRO Accreditation, our facility’s personnel qualifications, equipment requirements, quality assurance and quality control procedures have gone through a rigorous review process and have met specific qualifications. It’s important for patients to know that every aspect of the ACR-ASTRO accreditation process is overseen by board-certified, expert radiation oncologists and medical physicists.
What does ACR-ASTRO accreditation mean?
What does the accreditation seal mean?
- Our facility has voluntarily gone through a vigorous review process to ensure that we meet nationally-accepted standards of care.
- Our personnel are well qualified, through education and certification, and to administer your radiation therapy treatments.
- Our equipment is appropriate for the treatment you will receive, and our facility meets or exceeds quality assurance and safety guidelines.
When you see the ACR-ASTRO seal, you can rest assured that your treatment will be done at a facility that has met the highest level of quality and radiation safety. The facility and its personnel have gone through a comprehensive review to earn accreditation status by the American College of Radiology (ACR), a national professional organization serving more than 34,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians and medical physicists and The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), a professional organization serving more than 10,000 radiation oncologists, medical physicists and other health care professionals involved in the treatment of cancer patients.