Recognizing that no single oncologist can possibly offer every type of effective cancer treatment, we bring some of the area’s top specialists together to create custom treatment plans for our patients that are truly comprehensive. We believe that our integrative approach, which draws from a pool of medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and surgeons, is key to our patients’ success.
The TomoTherapy® treatment system uses its unique CT scanner designed to deliver radiation continuously from all angles around the patient, delivering precise beams that conform to tumors and minimize healthy tissue damage.
Through our partnership with Gamma West Cancer Services, the TomoTherapy® treatment system is now available at Davis Hospital. Currently, we are the only cancer treatment facility in Utah to offer this leading edge cancer treatment.
How long will the procedure take?
The full TomoTherapySM treatment typically takes 10-20 minutes from when the patient enters the treatment room until they leave. This includes daily CT scanning and treatment (“beam-on time”), as well as patient set-up, positioning, and image registration to ensure accuracy. The actual time will vary by patient.
Why perform a CT scan every day?
CTrue™ imaging, available only from the Hi•Art® system, allows clinicians to see what they plan to treat immediately prior to beginning each treatment fraction. This is important because anatomy can change from day to day. CTrue helps ensure that the tumor will not be under-dosed, and that radiation exposure to surrounding tissue will be minimized according to plan. In addition, daily CT scans can be used to adapt a treatment plan, if necessary.
Brachytherapy is the practice of treating cancer by placing radioactive source(s) directly into the cancer tissue and delivering a precise dose of radiation, thus killing the cancer cells. Brachytherapy gives a high radiation dose while avoiding nearby normal tissue.
Brachytherapy is faster than radiation; it can usually be completed in 1-5 days, followed by about 2-3 days to recover.
This approach reduces the risk of damage to nearby healthy tissues and organs and therefore also reduces the risk of side effects. >Brachytherapy can be used for cancers of:
- Gall bladder
- Some others
Our patient navigators are trained health care workers that are the first point of contact for new patients and referring physicians. They assist with the following services:
Coordinate appointments with all health care involve
Assist with insurance and/or financial concerns and help with paperwork
Follow up with lab and test results
Prepare patient charts and results for multi-disciplinary tumor board
Meet with patients face-to-face to guide them through their process
Follow-up services, referrals and/or support groups
Patient navigation is individualized assistance offered to patients, families, and caregivers to help overcome healthcare system barriers and facilitate timely access to quality healthcare from pre-diagnosis through all phases of the cancer experience. Several studies show that navigation services increase participation in cancer screening and adherence to follow-up care.
Cancer Care for Women
LOOK GOOD... FEEL BETTER
Cancer can rob a woman of her energy, appetite, and strength. But it doesn’t have to take away her self-confidence. Look Good…Feel Better is a free program that teaches beauty techniques to women in active treatment to help them combat the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. For more information or to register, please call 1-800-227-2345 or contact Trish Donahoe at 801-807-7657 or [email protected]
Once you have registered, please call one of the two phone numbers so we can reserve a make-up kit specifically designed for your skin tone.