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At Indiana University Health, our renowned cancer specialists provide comprehensive cancer treatment, called oncology, as part of Indiana’s largest cancer care network. Our multidisciplinary approach means you receive care from many experienced health professionals, including medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons, dietitians, physical therapists, chaplains, social workers and pharmacists.
IU Health gives you patient-centered cancer care. That means you are able to address your individual goals, values and condition. Your care team will acknowledge those goals and preferences in creating a personalized treatment plan for you.
We offer advanced cancer treatments throughout the state so your care is convenient. Our highly skilled physicians work with you to develop a treatment plan that works best for you. Your plan may include treatment options such as surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy or even clinical trials.
IU Health Cancer Centers are connected through Indiana University Health Melvin & Bren Simon Cancer Center, the state’s only patient care cancer center with National Cancer Institute designation. In addition, IU Health’s partnership with the Indiana University School of Medicine gives you access to leading-edge treatments and innovative cancer research.
At Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital, cancer services include surgery, inpatient and outpatient chemotherapy infusion services and radiation therapy. We are part of Indiana’s only academic radiation oncology practice.
Our radiation therapy department offers the latest radiation procedures. The following are some of the technologically-advanced procedures offered.
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Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) is used to deliver a concentrated dose of radiation to the precise location in the brain or other areas of the body where a tumor has been identified. This treatment delivers several beams of high dose radiation at the tumor with minimal exposure to the healthy surrounding tissue. This treatment may also be referred to as stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) when it is used to treat areas of the body besides the brain. IU Health radiation oncologists use the Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion or a linear accelerator (LINAC) to deliver this type of treatment.
Housed at IU Health Methodist Hospital, the Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion stereotactic radiosurgery system is the latest in stereotactic radiosurgery and the only Perfexion system in Indiana. Perfexion uses gamma rays to treat cancerous and noncancerous brain diseases and delivers the highest level of precision in radiosurgical treatment of brain and skull-based diseases.
The LINAC machine uses X-rays to treat cancerous and noncancerous conditions in the brain as well as other parts of the body.
Radioactive seed implantation, or internal radiation therapy, is a treatment for prostate cancer. Tiny pellets containing radioactive medication, such as Iodine-25 seeds, are permanently implanted directly in the middle of the cancer site where they emit low-level radiation continuously for approximately one year.
Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) is a highly sophisticated treatment planning system. We were the first in Indianapolis to offer this state-of-the-art cancer technology. This system directs high doses of radiation to cancer cells in a pattern to match the shape of the tumor in conjunction with 3D computer images. This treatment is very precise, allowing higher doses of radiation to be used while sparing the surrounding healthy tissue.
Along with IMRT, our radiation oncologists can also use Volumetric Arc Therapy (VMAT). With VMAT, one or many radiation beams make uninterrupted arcs around the patient which reduces the amount of time of the treatment.