- Radiation Oncology
When you are faced with crucial decisions about a treatment course for cancer, your priority is access to the appropriate technology and a highly skilled, compassionate staff as close to home as possible where you can rely on your support network of family, friends and community.
When your treatment course calls for radiation treatment, Good Samaritan Hospital’s Radiation Oncology department can be a key element in your continuum of oncology care.
Patients receive state-of-the-art radiation therapy on an inpatient or outpatient basis in an atmosphere of caring and compassion. Many of our modalities are so advanced, they are rarely found outside complex academic environments — but Good Sam brings them to Santa Clara County to keep quality care close to home.
Your team in Radiation Oncology will work with your primary care physician, medical oncologist, surgeon and other members of your cancer care team to meet your individual needs.
The department is equipped with some of the most advanced technology including:
- IMRT – Good Sam was the first hospital in the South Bay to offer Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), an external beam radiotherapy delivering more precisely targeted radiation beams to tumors, while sparing the surrounding healthy organs and tissues.
- CyberKnife robotic radiosurgery system from Accuray. The system is designed to treat tumors anywhere in the body non-invasively with sub millimeter accuracy. With CyberKnife, "inoperable" doesn’t mean "untreatable".
- Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) is an advanced radiation therapy approach for cerebral and non-cerebral solitary lesions. This highly precise technology delivers tiny radiation beams directly to the tumor site, as small as 2 mm.
- Prostate Brachytherapy (seed implants) allows higher doses of radiation to be delivered directly into the cancerous gland than can be given with conventional radiotherapy that directs beams into the body. Dr. Peddada is a prostate cancer specialist. If recommended, Good Sam can combine prostate seed implants with IMRT external beam radiation.
- IGRT (Image Guided Radiotherapy) allows tumors and normal structures to be visualized by CT scan to verify location just before treatment is delivered. In conjunction with IMRT, this allows for unprecedented accuracy in delivering radiotherapy along with RapidArc technology for expedited treatment time. Good Sam was the first community hospital in the Bay Area to offer IGRT beginning April 2007.
- Based on individual patient requirements, we utilize a range of Varian equipment including SmartBeam Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT). The Varian iX includes MLC plus Cone Beam CT capability, OBI features and a wide-bore CT-Simulator (Advantage Simulator). Varian Varisource-200 High Dose Rate Brachytherapy is utilized for partial breast irradiation and gynecological cancers. We also use Varian Eclipse Treatment Planning System (TPS) and ARiA Record & Verify System (RVS).
- Breast cancer patients have options that can substantially reduce treatment times, reduce damage to surrounding tissue and improve overall outcomes, including Partial Breast Brachytherapy, and MammoSite, Savi & SenoRx Multi-Lumen therapy. GYN - High Dose Rate (HDR) Brachytherapy procedures are also offered at Good Samaritan Hospital.
- 4D CT of chest takes into account respiratory motion.