The mission of the McLeod Radiation Oncology Department is to serve as the regional radiation therapy center, providing radiation care at local and regional levels allowing cancer patients to receive the highest quality care while remaining in their home environments.
ACR Accreditation Demonstrates Our Commitment to Quality and Safety
The McLeod Radiation Oncology Department has earned accreditation from the American College of Radiology (ACR) for their dedication to quality and safety. Achieving the ACR accreditation demonstrates that the radiation team provides the highest level of image quality and radiation safety to its patients. McLeod is one of only seven ACR accredited Radiation Oncology centers in South Carolina, and one of only 455 in the United States out of 3,200 radiation centers. For additional information on Radiation Oncology Accreditation, click here.
Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT)
With three Siemens Primus Treatment Units all utilizing Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT), the McLeod Radiation Oncology department offers patients in the region treatment of:
- various tumors including: prostate, breast and lung.
- treating cancers of the: prostate, breast, lung, brain, head and neck.
This innovative computer system helps spare normal tissue while enabling treatment from many different angles. An image guided radiation treatment program also includes fusion capability for planning, and portal imaging on the treatment machines.
Prostate Cancer Treatments
In the area of prostate cancer, enhanced accuracy of prostate treatment is administered via fiducial markers and daily imaging. Radiation therapy is also administered via brachytherapy. Patients with cancer of the prostate also have the option of treatment utilizing Palladium seeds, which is a non-invasive procedure requiring only a one-day hospital stay.
Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS)
In 2013, a new "super" linear accelerator specifically designed for Stereotactic Radiosurgery will installed at McLeod Regional Medical Center. Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) is an image-guided procedure for non-invasive treatment of tumors as well as nerve conditions. Advantages of this linear accelerator include the degree of precision it offers, and the rapid dose rate it delivers which will allow the staff to administer a very large dose of radiation in a short amount of time. This technology also minimizes harm to healthy tissue and adjacent critical structures, such as the spinal cord or lungs.
Utilizing the Varian TrueBeam STx platform, the McLeod Radiation Oncology Team will be able to perform Stereotactic Radiosurgery Therapy (SRT) to target lesions in the brain and Stereotactic Body Radiosurgery Therapy (SBRT) to treat areas in the body. The technique of Stereotactic Radiosurgery is not true surgery, but an intense form of radiation therapy. Tumors treated by this method are generally inaccessible or unsuitable for open surger
Other services offered by McLeod Radiation Oncology include:
- Mammosite breast cancer treatments
- GliaSite treatment for recurrent malignant Glioma of the brain