Welcome to the Lourdes Regional Cancer Center and our Radiation Oncology Department. The Cancer Care Team at Lourdes is very aware of the many emotions and feelings that a person encounters when diagnosed with cancer. It is our goal to make your experience with us as positive as possible.
Who are we?
We have a wide range of services and specialists available to assist you. Our medical staff is board certified in their specialties. This means they have passed very rigorous examinations in Radiation Oncology. Our therapists and nurses are licensed by the State of New York and many of our nurses are certified Oncology Specialists. We have an experienced clerical staff to assist you with scheduling your appointments or addressing any questions you may have during the course of your treatment. Our program also provides social workers, pastoral care staff, dietitians, and rehabilitation specialists to assist you.
Where Do I Park?
Parking is available in Lot G. Turn into the main entrance of the hospital at West Drive (across from Kneeland Avenue). Proceed past the Emergency Room and DePaul Pavilion. At the stop sign, turn right into Lot G. Follow the sidewalk to the cafeteria entrance (behind the DePaul Pavillion). Proceed through the double doors. The first door on your left is the Radiation Oncology Department.
Who Do I See?
You will see our Medical Office Assistants who will help with your health history, insurance, and other information. Our Nursing Staff will then interview you before your visit with the Radiation Oncologist. The Radiation Oncologist will discuss your case with you and explain options for your care. From this discussion you may be advised to do the following:
Have A Simulation
Using our dedicated 85 cm Bore Scanner, we will do a CT scan in the position that you will be treated. This takes approximately 30 minutes. At this time you will be given an appointment to return for treatment.
Your CT scan will be sent to our Physics department where a treatment plan will be designed specifically for you by our Medical Dosimetry Team under the direction of the Radiation Oncologist. When you return for the appointment you were given you will be taken to the Linear Accelerator. Here, the Radiation Therapists will fit this plan to your needs to assure that all parameters match. Pictures will be taken and "tatoos" will be given to mark the treatment area, guaranteeing that the same area is treated every day. Your treatments will take a total of 15-20 minutes.
After Treatment, What Happens?
You will be given follow-up appointments to see the Nursing and Physician Staffs to monitor your skin and your overall response to treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How often will I be treated?
A. Your treatment is given daily.
Q. Can I drive?
A. If you drive currently, and have not been medically advised not to drive, you may continue to do so.
Q. Can I work?
A. Most patients work, play golf, travel, etc. There is very little physical limitation during your radiation therapy.
Types of Radiation Therapy/Treatment Offered at Lourdes:
1. External Beam Radiation Therapy
External beam radiation therapy is the most common radiation therapy application. It involves high energy ionizing radiation produced by a linear accelerator. External beam therapy is used in the treatment of many types of malignancies. The treatment is painless and is carried out over a period of several weeks.
Brachytherapy is a term used to describe a type of radiation treatment where radioactive sources are implanted into the body. These radiation sources can be removed following treatment or in some cases, remain in the body. Radioactive implants are used to treat a wide range of malignancies (e.g. prostate, breast, lung, and cervical cancer.) Lourdes has the only high dose brachytherapy program in the Greater Binghamton region.
- Prostate Seed Implants
- MammoSite (High Dose Radiation) HDR
- HDR for gynecological tumors
- HDR for lung tumors