The Mississippi Cancer Institute

Advanced Treatments

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clinac_ix_picture_1The Mississippi Cancer Institute (MCI) offers the latest in advanced treatment technologies to help improve patient’s chances of survival and enhance quality of life during treatment.

IMRT (Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy) MCI has been utilizing IMRT treatment techniques since 2005.  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) In 2007 MCI began the use of IGRT to help in providing a more precise and accurate of approach to daily patient setup.  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 added in 2011 The OBI kV imaging system delivers improved tumor targeting using high resolution, low dose digital imaging in the treatment room. 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 added in 2011 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 Brachytherapy – Began in 2004 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 Brachytherapy Began in 2007  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) – In February 2009 The Mississippi Cancer Institute implemented an EMR, which 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.