The Cheyenne Regional Cancer Center’s radiation oncology service provides comprehensive and personalized consultation, treatment planning, radiotherapy and follow-up for patients undergoing treatment for a wide variety of cancers.
The radiation oncology team is made up of board-certified radiation oncologists, board-certified medical physicists, a registered radiation therapist, certified medical dosimetrists and registered nurses who deliver state-of-the-art, quality care. The radiation oncology team also recognizes the importance of treating every patient with respect and dignity and making sure that the unique needs and concerns of each patient are addressed before, during and after the course of treatment.
The department follows National Comprehensive Cancer Network Guidelines, which are recognized as the “standard of care” for cancer treatments. Cheyenne Regional’s radiation oncology service also offers state-of-the art technology to ensure our community members have access to safe, high-quality treatment close to home.
Types of Treatment
Radiation oncology is a form of cancer treatment that uses radiation from a machine-produced source or a radioactive source. Below are the kinds of radiation oncology treatments provided at the Cheyenne Regional Cancer Center.:
External Beam Radiation Therapy
Machine-produced radiation is known as external beam radiation therapy, or EBRT. The majority of radiation treatments provided at the Cheyenne Regional Cancer Center are EBRT. A patient receiving conventional EBRT usually receives the treatment five days per week, Monday-Friday. A patient receiving EBRT is not radioactive after treatment, and no radiation is emitted when the machine stops.
SRS and SBRT Treatments
One form of EBRT provided at the Cheyenne Regional Cancer Center is known as stereotactic radio surgery, or SRS. Another form of EBRT provided at the Cancer Center is known as stereotactic body radiation therapy, or SBRT. SRS and SBRT usually require fewer treatments and higher doses/day than conventional EBRT treatments do. SRS and SBRT are often scheduled so that the body has time to recover after each treatment.
Brachytherapy delivers radiation through catheters placed in the body. The patient is not considered “radioactive” since the radioactive source is removed after treatments.