We’ve been using radiation therapy to treat cancer patients in the Manitowoc area since the mid 1960’s and as each new treatment has come along we’ve made it available to our patients.
As a member of the St. Vincent Cancer Collaborative we are able to offer cancer patients needing radiation therapy a revolutionary innovation called TomoTherapy that fights cancer in ways doctors used to only imagine.
TomoTherapy attacks tumors with highly precise radiation delivered from 360 degrees around you—which increases the control doctors have in getting radiation where it needs to be and helps to decrease the damage to surrounding healthy tissue and organs.
The system is designed on a CT scanner foundation so each time you come in for treatment the CT imaging guides the treatment for your anatomy that day rather than the way it looked last week—even the smallest changes are noticed. It can be adapted at any point to best deliver treatment, delivering the right dosage, in the right places, at the right time.
Treatment is noninvasive, and as painless as having a CT scan or an x-ray. This innovative therapy can result in fewer and less severe side effects. Many patients feel better than they expected they would; and because it minimizes damage to surrounding healthy tissue you have a lower risk of pain and complications.
No two cancers are alike but conventional radiation therapies often treat them in the same way. This system lets our radiation oncology team design a personalized treatment plan and adjust it at any time during treatment. Additionally, it can be used in combination with surgery, chemotherapy and other medications to attack cancer cells in many ways at once.
This revolutionary system is the only one of its kind in Manitowoc, Brown, Sheboygan and Calumet counties demonstrating that the HFM Cancer Center is dedicated to bringing area residents the best cancer treatments available. If you have any questions about TomoTherapy, please feel free to call our Core Specialist of Radiation Oncology, Randi, at (920) 320-2749.