Palm Beach Florida Weekly

Rays of light in radiation oncology



 

 

Over the last decade, there have been significant advances in the treatment for many types of cancer, particularly in the area of radiation therapy. Thanks to the evolution of computer technology and imaging, treatment strategies are available today that were simply unimaginable 10 years ago.

At Jupiter Medical Center, where I am a radiation oncologist, we combine cutting-edge technology with a multidisciplinary approach to patient treatment to deliver the highest quality care and best possible outcomes.

One primary aspect that sets Jupiter Medical Center apart is our collaborative approach to patient care. We utilize a multidisciplinary strategy to manage our patients’ care from diagnosis all the way through treatment, recovery and survivorship care. What this means is that we convene doctors from a range of practice specialties in conferences where we consult on each diagnosis and come up with a course of treatment.

 

 

For all patients, but particularly ones with complicated cases, working collaboratively allows us to come together in real-time to discuss the patient, tap into the expertise of each doctor in the room and get a complete understanding of what the patient is facing. Based on this collaboration and discussion, we are then able to devise the best possible treatment plan.

Once a diagnosis is established, we bring together a team to execute a customized treatment plan to meet the specific needs of each patient. Each level of care — from radiation therapy to diet and nutrition — is managed through a patient navigator whose primary responsibility is to coordinate all aspects of patient care and make it as seamless as possible. This approach allows us to provide the best treatment options, including clinical trials and the latest therapies, with the goal of improving outcomes and offering superlative care.

Our approach to patient care is just one part of the treatment equation here at Jupiter Medical Center. The other key component is our focus on innovation. Our medical center is home to some of the world’s most advanced cancer treatment technologies.

For the treatment of breast cancer, we offer certain patients electron beam intraoperative radiation therapy (e-IORT) during which they receive a single dose of radiation at the time of their lumpectomy. In the best of cases, this single dose of radiation will be all a patient requires. This technology reduces radiation exposure and treatment time — allowing patients to return to their normal activities much sooner — and it has also proven to be highly effective.

Several years ago, Jupiter Medical Center invested in the revolutionary CyberKnife robotic radiosurgery system in order to offer patients the most innovative treatment options available. Today, we treat patients with the latest generation of the Cyberknife system, known as the M6, which is the most advanced robotic radiosurgery system in the world. This machine, despite its name, does not involve making an incision. Instead, it enables doctors to dispense very precise radiation through the skin to treat tumors, including those found in the lungs, liver, prostate and brain. It also enables us to provide a highly individualized treatment, selecting from thousands of different angles from which to deliver radiation treatments.

The benefits of the CyberKnife are significant, as it allows patients, who would otherwise need highly invasive surgery, to receive a short cycle of noninvasive and pain-free radiation and avoid surgery. In addition, the CyberKnife system can deliver treatment to moving tumors with pinpoint accuracy, sparing surrounding healthy tissue and critical organs from damage — a key benefit to the health of the patient.

CyberKnife and e-IORT are just two examples of the portfolio of cutting-edge technology we have available at Jupiter Medical Center. These leading-edge treatments and services, combined with the multidisciplinary approach of highly trained and experienced physicians, nurses and allied health professionals, give us a unique advantage in the fight against cancer.

To learn more about our radiation oncology program, visit www.jupitermed.com/services/cancer-care/treatments/ radiation-oncology/, or to make an appointment at Jupiter Medical Center’s Cancer Center, call 561-263-4400. ¦

One response to “Rays of light in radiation oncology”

  1. Jack Isaacs says:

    I am being treated for lung cancer and matastasized brain cancer at the Theurer Cancer Center in Hackensack, NJ. Over 2 years ago I received radiation and chemotherapy treatment for the lung cancer. This cancer is currently in remission and I receive a CT Scan every 3 sometimes 4 months to monitor the condition. The brain cancer was treated with the gamma knife radiation procedure and is also in remission with follow-up MRI’s every 4 months. I am 89 years of age and am also being treated for Atrial Fib with warfarin , 2.5mg evey day except Mon and Thur when I take 5mg each day. I am planning on relocating to Jupiter, Fl. I am still VERY active and I drive my car with no problems. I read about Dr. Tennyson on the computer and I am hoping that he will accept me as a follow-up patient. Thank you for your assistance.

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