Cancer Treatment Centers
Radiation therapy is frequently the treatment of choice for many types of cancer. Other times radiation therapy is given in addition to treatments such as chemotherapy. Radiation therapy begins with a treatment planning session which carefully outlines the area of the body to receive radiation and the amount of radiation necessary. Treatment usually takes a number of weeks.
Because state-of-the-art radiation therapy and chemotherapy are available in Elkin, patients and their families can avoid the added burden of traveling to other cancer centers miles away.
Technology treatments are identical to those at large urban medical center. Gregory Fiets, M.D., a board-certified Radiation Oncologist with the Wake Forest University Department of Radiation Oncology and Medical Director of the Regional Cancer Center at Hugh Chatham, provides care at the Center five days a week.
The Regional Cancer Center at Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital now offers patients improved chances for cure with fewer side effects. This state-of-the-art approach, called Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy, or IMRT, uses computer-generated radiation dose calculations. The radiation bean intensity if varied, or modulated, to allow very precise dose delivery. The clinical use of IMRT shows great promise for prostate cancer, head and neck cancers, and lung cancer.
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