Lovelace Medical Center's Radiation Oncology is comprised of seasoned, well-trained and compassionate staff with an average of 13 years of radiation oncology experience. Our Radiation Oncology team is accredited by the American College of Radiology, which is the gold standard among radiation oncology programs. Nationally, only 8 percent of radiation oncology programs have this accreditation.
Lovelace’s Cancer Care Program now has the TomoHD radiation therapy treatment system that combines TomoHelical and TomoDirect delivery modes. The TomoHD can treat targets up to 160cm in length with no need to reposition the patient and no need for field junctioning.
Lovelace Medical Center's Cancer Care program is the first in the country to have a new technology added to its TomoHD linear accelerator that further minimizes radiation doses to healthy tissue.
The technology called Dynamic Jaws is the most advanced technology on the market today to spare healthy tissue for patients undergoing radiation treatment. The patient will experience fewer side effects and decreased treatment times.
"With this new technology we can treat the patient faster," said Paul Anthony, M.D., Medical Director of LMC's Cancer Care Program. "It provides pinpoint accuracy for every radiation therapy patient."
Last year, Lovelace Medical Center's Cancer Care program added new cancer equipment that included the TomoHD, 21iX linear accelerator and 4-D computed tomography, giving the center the most advanced cancer treatment technology in the state.
TomoHD is a radiation therapy system that can image and treat common and complex tumors with a single device. TomoHD can be used for treating breast, prostate, lung, and head and neck cancers. TomoHD allows the radiation oncologist to deliver higher curative doses with less radiation damage to surrounding tissue.
The 21iX linear accelerator is a state-of-the art radiation therapy machine that can very accurately treat tumors, especially surface tumors, such as breast and skin cancers.
With the two new linear accelerators, physicians are able to perform stereotactic body radiosurgery (SBRT), which is a proven method for eliminating small tumors with precisely focused radiation treatment. The high doses of radiation can be delivered in just five daily treatments over a one week period.
Lovelace Medical Center's Cancer Care program has an experienced team of physicians and physicists to treat and cure cancer with advanced cancer equipment.
In our recently remodeled Northeast Heights facility, Lovelace Cancer Care has also installed a second new linear accelerator treatment machine, the Varian 21iX.
Gamma Knife Perfexion radiosurgery is an ideal treatment option for patients with brain tumors and certain neurological conditions, including irregularly shaped and deep-seated brain lesions, and negates the need to initially treat brain metastasis with whole-brain radiation. This spares patients of the cognitive deterioration seen six months after whole-brain irradiation. The Gamma Knife Perfexion is also used to treat many tumors previously considered inoperable.
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This new radiation oncology planning machine is now the largest bore CT in New Mexico at 85cm with a weight limit of 600 pounds, allowing us to image patients for treatment planning with breast and lung cancer who need to hold their arms above their head. The 4D component gives us the ability to image tumors that are moving with breathing and know their location at any point in time, allowing for more precise treatment planning — which translates into less toxicity.