Cancer

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 that you receive care from many experienced health professionals, including medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons, dietitians, physical therapists, chaplains, social workers and pharmacists.

Indiana University Health University Hospital is home to outstanding, nationally recognized programs. Included within this facility is Indiana University Health Melvin & Bren Simon Cancer Center, part of the statewide network of Indiana University Health Cancer Centers. IU Health Melvin & Bren Simon Cancer Center provides the highest level of patient care and is specifically focused on research and education. The center is the only patient-care cancer facility in Indiana to receive the National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation. This recognizes the center for scientific excellence; discovery and development of more effective approaches to cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment; and the education of healthcare professionals and the public.

We offer advanced cancer treatments throughout the state so that your care is convenient. Our highly skilled physicians work with you to develop a care plan that works best for you. Your plan may include treatment options such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy or even clinical trials. Our partnership with the Indiana University School of Medicine gives you unique access to leading edge treatments that we personalize for you and your loved ones.

IU Health University Hospital and IU Health Simon Cancer Center 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.

Stereotactic Radiosurgery & Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy

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. Radiation oncologists at IU Health University Hospital use the linear accelerator (LINAC) to deliver this type of treatment. 

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

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) & Volumetric Arc Therapy (VMAT)

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. 

Additional Contact Information

To request an appointment or for general information, please call Indiana University Health Simon Cancer Center at 888.600.4822