Last updated 7 months ago
Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) is one of the many forms of radiation therapy offered by the experts at South Florida Radiation Oncology. Unlike older, more conventional forms of radiation therapy, IMRT allows radiation oncologists and radiation physicists to alter, or modulate, the intensity of radiation emitted during the course of treatment. This technology not only allows the physician to conform the beam of radiation more precisely around the malignant tumor, but also reduces the side effects of treatment by minimizing the damage to healthy surrounding tissue. This feat is accomplished using complex dosage calculations and small, computer-controlled radiation shields in a linear accelerator.
IMRT is best suited for the treatment of complex tumors located near sensitive structures. Pituitary tumors, for example, can often grow upwards towards the brain and impinge upon the optic chiasm, a bundle of vital nervous tissue that supplies the retinas and allows for normal vision. IMRT can help to effectively treat the tumor while minimizing exposure to the very radiosensitive optic chiasm.
Prostate tumors may also be effectively treated with IMRT. According to a recent study performed at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, IMRT has proven to be more effective in treating localized tumors of the prostate than conventional radiation therapy. Those who underwent IMRT treatment also reported fewer side effects and were less likely to need more treatment later on. In addition to tumors of the pituitary and prostate, IMRT can also be utilized in the effective treatment of brain, spinal cord, and many head and neck cancers.
If you have recently been diagnosed with a benign or malignant tumor and are looking for advanced treatment options, consider consulting with the team at South Florida Radiation Oncology. Our team of multidisciplinary specialists is dedicated to providing you and your loved ones with the treatment and support you need while fighting your battle against cancer. Call our Florida cancer treatment center today at (888) 823-9162 or visit the SFRO blog for more information.
Last updated 8 months ago
South Florida Radiation Oncology (SFRO) is one of Florida’s leading radiation oncology centers and has been recognized at the national level. As one of the leading cancer treatment centers in Florida, we are committed to personalized, compassionate cancer care through early detection, diagnosis, and advanced cancer treatment options.
CyberKnife is one of the treatments available at SFRO bringing new hope to patients battling with cancer. Learn more about CyberKnife at this website.
Oncolink.org provides more information about a variety of cancer treatments, from bone marrow transplants to radiation therapy.
Radiosurgery has many benefits—read through this article from the Varian Medical Systems website to learn more.
This article from the American Cancer Society discusses how IMRT may provide improved benefits from prostate cancer patients.
You can also find out more about Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) and its capabilities from the International Radiosurgery Association.
South Florida Radiation Oncology has locations in Belle Glade, Bethesda Health City, Boca Raton East, Boca Raton West, Boynton Beach, Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, Port St. Lucie, Stuart, and Wellington—so you never have to travel far for the most extensive radiation oncology and advanced cancer treatment options in Florida. For more information, visit our website at www.sfrollc.com or call us at 1-877-930-7376.
Last updated 8 months ago
Lung cancer is a dangerous illness that affects the cells lining the airways. Fortunately, knowing the symptoms of lung cancer and seeking advanced treatments such as radiation therapy can help patients to battle the disease more effectively.
Like many other forms of cancer, lung cancer is normally asymptomatic in its earliest stages. Once the illness has become more advanced, however, it can present with one or more of symptoms listed below.
A new and persistent cough, or a change in a chronic “smoker’s cough,” can be a sign of lung cancer. Coughing up blood can also be a sign of the disease.
Shortness of breath, wheezing, hoarseness, or difficulty breathing can also be signs of the development of tumors in the lining of the airways.
Losing weight without any known cause can often be a sign of cancer in the lungs or in another part of the body.
Pain in the chest and fatigue, while not sure signs of lung cancer, can also be the result of a developing tumor.
If you are developing any abnormal or worrisome symptoms, consult with your physician. He or she can help you to determine the cause of your symptoms and suggest any screening or imaging measures that may be necessary.
South Florida Radiation Oncology is proud to offer our patients a range of advanced radiotherapy options in their fight against cancer, including the TrueBeam STx and CyberKnife radiosurgery systems. Both of these systems have the ability to track the movement of a tumor during treatment, allowing the patient to lie and breathe comfortably. This advanced technology not only improves the comfort of therapy, but also allows more radiation to be given while decreasing the side effects compared with traditional radiotherapy.
If you would like to learn more about what the dedicated physicians at SFRO have to offer you or your loved one, please contact our staff today at (888) 823-9162. You can also visit and subscribe to our blog to learn more about our cancer support groups and other services aimed to improve your health.
Last updated 8 months ago
Receiving a cancer diagnosis can be confusing and overwhelming. In addition to seeking out an experienced and dedicated cancer treatment team, a good way to gain strength in the fight against cancer is to learn as much as you can about your treatment options. To provide our patients with the most comprehensive care possible, the team at South Florida Radiation Oncology offers a variety of advanced radiotherapy treatments. One such therapy, called TrueBeam radiosurgery, maximizes the emission of radiation to the tumor while minimizing the side effects. Read on to determine if you may be able to benefit from TrueBeam technology.
TrueBeam allows radiation oncologists to perform stereotactic radiosurgery—a form of cancer treatment that does not involve the use of surgical knives at all. It is a noninvasive procedure that utilizes concentrated beams of high-energy radiation to destroy cancerous tumors. Three-dimensional scans of the tumor area are used to pinpoint the malignant tissue and avoid irradiating the surrounding healthy tissues. This advanced capability minimizes the side effects and maximizes treatment efficiency.
The ability of TrueBeam to target tumors with millimeter-scale accuracy makes it an ideal treatment for early-stage cancers, small metastases, and tumors that cannot be reached using conventional surgical means. Tumors in the brain and spinal cord, for example, can be safely and effectively reduced in size using this technology while sparing the vital and sensitive healthy tissue near the malignancy. In many cases, these tumors can be inaccessible to open surgery using knives and stitches. Patients with cancers of the prostate, pituitary gland, lung, and breast may also benefit from the accuracy and efficiency of the TrueBeam system.
TrueBeam is one of the many radiation treatments available to the patients of South Florida Radiation Oncology. To learn more about how these technologies may be able to benefit you in your fight against cancer, please consult with our cancer care team today by calling (888) 823-9162. SFRO also offers our patients and their loved ones a variety of support services in a dedicated and compassionate environment. Visit and subscribe to our blog to learn more about our treatment and support services.
Last updated 8 months ago
Although some risk factors associated with cancer, such as family history, cannot necessarily be altered or avoided, there are others that can be improved. Below are three of the many ways that you can improve your health and reduce your risk of cancer.
Stop smoking. Smoking is the number one risk factor for lung cancer in the United States, and may lead to the development of many other forms of the disease.
Stay active. Maintaining a regular exercise routine—even if you are simply making the effort to walk each day—can help you to improve your overall wellness.
Eat well. Eating a diet high in fiber and leafy greens, and low in saturated fats, may help to reduce your risk of cancer and other chronic illnesses.
If you would like to learn more about preventing cancer or if you simply have questions about your health, let the experts at South Florida Radiation Oncology help. Contact our staff today at (888) 823-9162 or visit and subscribe to our blog for more information.