Radiation Oncology in Catawba County
Sophisticated Cancer Treatments
The 23,000-square-foot Radiation Oncology Center at Catawba Valley Medical
Center utilizes state-of-the-art equipment and services to provide the
most advanced cancer treatments available to our patients. Staffed by
Board Certified Radiation Oncologists, Board Certified Medical Physicists,
registered radiation therapists, two registered nurses, and skilled support
staff, CVMC’s Radiation Oncology department brings access to sophisticated
cancer treatment minimizing the need for cancer patients and their families
to travel to Charlotte, Winston-Salem, or Asheville to obtain the latest
radiation oncology services. The department is accredited by the American
College of Radiology for Radiaton Oncology
State of the Art Radiation Treatments
TrueBeam and Trilogy Linear Accelerators – uses Image Guiding Radiation Therapy (IGRT) to acquire a three-dimensional
model of the target area for each treatment, providing greater accuracy
in pinpointing tumor volume, preventing harm to surrounding tissue and
increasing treatment efficiency.
Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) and Cone-Beam CT – advanced IGRT systems available on our accelerators allow for
imaging of each patient to accurately target the tumor volume. A cone-beam
CT (CBCT) or digital x-ray can be performed and automatically aligned
with the treatment planning CT.
Electronic Medical Record (EMR) – special to radiation oncology, this system charts treatment data
for easier physician evaluation and allows for convenient interdepartmental
Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) – radiation treatment that delivers precise beams of radiation to
cancer cells with minimal damage to surrounding tissues and organs, allowing
a higher cancer control rate with lower rates of side effects.
High Dose Rate (HDR) Therapy – HDR units and applicators are highly successful in the treatment
of prostate, breast, and gynecological cancers. HDR therapy enables much
larger doses of therapy within a smaller number of visits, which results
reduced side effects and equal-to-better cure rates than conventional therapy.
Sterotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) – our accelerators are capable of using radio-surgery techniques
to deliver very high doses of radiation to small tumors located in various
parts of the body. SBRT treatments are delivered in just 3-5 treatments
and use IGRT and Respiratory Gating to precisely target the tumor while
sparing the surrounding normal tissues.
SIRT Liver Microspheres – Selective Internal Radiation Therapy (SIRT) is used to deliver
SIR-Spheres radioactive microspheres to tumors located within the liver.
The treatment is done in the Interventional Radiology Suite as an outpatient
procedure, and treats the tumors with vascular embolization and radiation therapy.
Radiation Physics Department with Virtual Simulation – develops three-dimensional pictures of tumors via ten-minute CAT
scans to allow accurate treatment planning for radiation therapy.
Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) - We have been performing SRS for small brain tumors for several years now
using the TrueBeam Accelerator. We can combine CT and MRI scans to localize
and treat multiple brain tumors all at once with a less-than 1 millimeter
accuracy. The treatments are performed without a "halo" head
immobilization system like some older systems.
Respiratory Gated Treatments - The department has been using the only FDA-approved respiratory gating
system in the area for many years to treat lung cancer patients. This
type of gating system allows more accurate treatment of lung tumors while
sparing a greater volume of normal lung, thereby reducing side effects.
This same technology is now being used to treat patients with breast cancer,
to both reduce the amount of lung and heart exposed to radiation during
For more information or to schedule a referral, please call 828.326.3856.