Covenant Cancer Care Radiation Center
At the Covenant Cancer Care Radiation Center, we believe that the trust of our patients is our most valued possession. That’s why our staff and physicians are highly committed to maintaining a quality driven, state-of-the-art cancer treatment facility. Not only do we utilize present technology and keep abreast of the latest development and innovations within our technical expertise, but we also work hard to maintain a caring and compassionate atmosphere. So our patients can get the extraordinary advanced care they trust.
Our Cancer Care Radiation Center uses state-of-the-art planning and simulation technology to deliver extraordinary care:
- High Performance Varian Clinac 21 EX Linear Accelerator with integrated multileaf collimation to perform the most advanced computer driven treatments.
- Integration of Clinac 21 EX with VARiS Software offers the latest in clinical treatment delivery coupled with outcome management and decision support resources.
- Ximatron CX simulator offers accurate simulation of patient treatment using radiographic and fluoroscopic images.
- A fully integrated three-dimensional array of treatment planning computers for:
- CT based external beam treatment planning
- Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
- High dose rate brachytherapy
- Low dose rate brachytherapy
- Permanent seed implant
- Stereotactic radiosurgery performed with a micromultileaf collimator
The Covenant Cancer Care Radiation Center has a highly-trained treatment team of experts including radiation oncologists, registered nurses, radiation therapists, a social worker, dietitians and support staff who provide specialize care for patients and their loved ones.
Visit the Covenant Cancer Care Radiation Center today at 4141 Tittabawassee Road in Saginaw (adjacent to the Covenant HealthCare Mackinaw Campus).
To learn more about the Covenant Cancer Care Radiation Center, refer to the information below or call us at 989.583.5250 or toll free at 1.866.722.6327.
What is radiation oncology?
Radiation oncology is the use of x-rays, gamma rays and other forms of radiation to treat cancer. It is also called radiation therapy, and may sometimes be used to treat non-cancerous conditions as well.
Radiation is used to treat cancer because it destroys the ability of cells to grow and multiply. With careful aiming and dosage, the radiation can destroy cancer cells, however radiation may also affect the surrounding healthy cells, which recover and resume normal cell activity. There may be side effects which your physician will discuss with you.
Radiation can be given externally or internally. External radiation uses a machine like the linear accelerator to direct high-energy radiation beams to the cancer site. Machines called simulators and planning computers are used to prepare for this type of treatment. Radiation therapy can be received on an outpatient or inpatient basis.
For certain types of cancer, internal therapy may be used. This involves placing radioactive material (implants) near the cancer. This may require surgery and sometimes a short hospital stay.
What should I expect?
An individual's first visit is with a radiation oncologist, a physician who specializes in the treatment of cancer. X-rays are reviewed during this visit. A plan of treatment is discussed and a person may be scheduled for a simulation, a procedure needed to precisely target the beam of radiation at the cancer.
A person should wear comfortable, easy-to-change clothing, leaving all valuables at home.
The individual is asked to change into a hospital gown for the simulation and then placed on an x-ray table which will imitate the treatment machine.
A radiation therapist places ink marks on the person’s skin, which are used to align the body properly for actual treatment. The staff may also design lead, plastic or plaster molds to place between the person and the treatment equipment. Some molds act as a shield to keep radiation away from healthy tissue, and other molds hold the body in the correct position during treatment.
The treatment machine is called a linear accelerator. It is large and sounds like a vacuum cleaner, but the person does not see, hear or feel the radiation. The average treatment takes about 15 – 30 minutes, although they will be receiving radiation for only two minutes of that time.