Doctors Regional Cancer Center Services

DRCC is committed to providing state-of-the-art radiation therapy for patients with different types of cancer. Additionally, we offer 4D IGRT and 3D volumetric imaging at both locations!

Advanced CT Simulation—Treatment planning begins with a CT simulation which precisely identifies and defines the treatment target and surrounding normal tissue in order to deliver an effective dose to the tumor while protecting the normal tissue. This is a very important first step for every patient who will have radiation therapy. 

High Dose Rate (HDR) Brachytherapy delivers radiation directly within the confines of the tumor. This methodology is used to treat breast cancer and prostate cancer, which allows patients who meet the carefully defined criteria to complete treatment within 5 days. It is also used effectively for gynecological, esophageal and thoracic malignancies. HDR is available in the Lanham location.

3-D Treatment Planning allows for safe and accurate treatment delivery. Using information from the CT image, special computer programs design radiation beams that conform to the shape of the tumor. The daily images captured by the IGRT system described below will be compared to this treatment plan to assure that the treatment delivered matches the treatment planned.

Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) uses radiation beams of varying intensities to deliver different doses of radiation to small areas of tissue at the same time. This type of treatment allows escalation of the dose of radiation to the tumor without excessive damage to normal tissues. IMRT not only allows for escalation of the precise therapy to primary tumors but also may allow re-treatment for recurrent disease in selected situations. Both DRCC locations offer linear Accelerators to deliver IMRT treatments.

Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) has become an important component of delivering accurate radiation treatments. This technique involves imaging the tumor area on a daily basis while the patient is on the treatment table, in the treatment position. Should the image show a change is needed to match the treatment field to the tumor; the radiation oncologist is able to make that change before a treatment is delivered. Various imaging techniques can be used to capture these images, the linear accelerator in Bowie uses CT images.

Transperineal Interstitial Brachytherapy (Prostate seed implantation) is performed by a radiation oncologist and urologist at Doctors Community Hospital in Lanham, Md. This treatment may be used alone or in conjunction with external beam radiation, with or without hormone treatment for prostate cancer.