Cancer Right at the Target
Murray-Calloway County Hospital is leading the way
in radiation therapy. In all of Western
Kentucky, the Regional Cancer Center has several
technologies unique to this facility alone.
Our unique technology is Tomotherapy-IMRT. Intensity
Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) reduces healthy
tissue injury as it targets less tissue with higher
doses of radiation. The IMRT uses pencil-thin radiation
beams to pinpoint the exact size and shape of cancerous
tumors. Conventional radiation therapy consists of a
single beam, making the target coverage imperfect and
IMRT has many advantages to the patient including
treatment for multiple tumors simultaneously, treatment
for inoperable, odd-shaped tumors, and treatment for
recurrent cancers that have already received maximum
doses of radiation. This new technology can
particularly help patients with head, neck, prostate or
lung cancers. Breast cancer patients who have lung
problems may also be appropriate candidates.
A second unique technology is the ability to
directly integrate the data from our state-of-the art
PET/CT scanner into our treatment planning computers,
and thereby assuring we are focusing treatment on the
Dr. Giese offers brachytherapy to certain prostate
cancer patients and for other select tumor types. At
this brief outpatient surgical procedure, tiny
radioactive seeds, no bigger than a grain of rice, are
implanted directly within the tumor. This enables high
dose irradiation to be delivered over time.
To schedule an appointment for a consultation call
the MCCH Regional Cancer Center at 270.762.1506.
Cancer Center - South 9th Street - (270) 762.1506