Cancer treatment has really come a long way due to several factors. Today’s technology is more precise, procedures are less debilitating, doctors are better equipped, and our facilities are closer to home.
Located right here in McComb, The Mississippi Cancer Institute is a premier cancer treatment center. With the very latest equipment, ultra-modern facilities and the finest cancer treatment specialists anywhere, we offer a level of expertise you'll only find at the country's leading cancer centers and a level of caring and compassion you can only find at home.
Utilizing advanced technology treatment techniques for Radiation Oncology as well as embracing new approaches, The Mississippi Cancer Institute can effectively boost survival rates, while reducing side effects and the chance of recurrence.
IMRT (Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy)
IMRT is a revolutionary cancer treatment method that delivers high doses of radiation directly to cancer cells in a specific targeted way, much more precise than with conventional radiotherapy. IMRT makes it capable to deliver higher radiation doses directly to cancer cells while sparing more of the surrounding healthy tissue. It also allows one to treat tumors that might have been considered untreatable in the past due to close proximity of vital organs and other surrounding structures. The use of a 120 multi-leaf collimator helps shape the radiation beam more precisely.
IGRT (Image Guided Radiation Therapy)
IGRT is a technology that improves the accuracy of the daily treatment. IGRT is used for several different types of cancers. IGRT allows the Radiation Oncologist to treat smaller areas around the cancer and still give the same benefits with fewer side effects than without its use and provides to ability to spare more normal healthy tissue.
OBI kV Imaging System
The OBI kV imaging system delivers improved tumor targeting using high resolution, low dose digital imaging in the treatment room. This allows users to confidently manage patients and target movement – both before and during treatments. The use of kV imaging can result in lower patient dose and better image quality than megavoltage imaging.
Cone Beam CT
This is a method of IGRT that allows for a single slice CT scan to be performed on patients prior to delivery of radiation treatments to confirm patient positioning all other treatment parameters remain unchanged.
Prostate seed implant is a method of radiation therapy that is now being used more frequently in the treatment of some patients with prostate cancer. It involves implanting small “seeds” of radioactive material directly into the prostate gland. These seeds are implanted permanently. PSI is a minimally invasive procedure requiring no open surgery. It is usually an outpatient procedure that takes only a few hours, with most patients returning to normal activities within two to three days.
Electronic Bracytherapy is a type of radiation treatment that delivers high dose radiation treatments directly to the site of the cancer through the use of a catheter and an electronic source that produces radiation similar to the method a linear accelerator does. Currently it can be used to treat some breast, gynecological, and skin cancers. Using an electronic source allows staff to remain in the room with the patient while receiving their treatment allowing a more personal touch to therapy.
Electronic Medical Record (EMR)
The EMR is a paperless charting system, to allow for a more integrated and efficient approach to patient charting. This system also gives the capabilities for prescriptions to be sent electronically eliminating the need for written prescriptions.
Varian Cliniac iX Linear Accelerator
The accelerator is the machinery that delivers the daily radiation treatments to cancer patients. A linear accelerator delivers precise doses of radiation to cancerous areas while sparing healthy tissue. The Varian has added features, such as a 120-multileaf collimator that will better define the focus of treatment with pinpoint accuracy. The accelerator also has an on-board imaging system (OBI), that has CT and kV imaging technology, which can verify a patient’s position and automatically adjust itself if a patient moves. It’s equipped with a recording and verification system to ensure accurate treatment set up parameters before the treatment is initiated.