Leading the Way in Treating
Cancer with Radiation

McLeod Radiation Oncology holds international recognition for the highest level of safety and effectiveness in care. Following a rigorous and voluntary audit conducted by an independent third-party panel of experts in radiation oncology, McLeod is distinguished as a Cancer Center that exceeds standard measurements for delivery of quality care. One of only eight Novalis Certified Cancer Centers in the United States, McLeod is the only such cancer center in South Carolina. The hospital also represents one of only 46 certified centers worldwide.

  • More Targeted Radiation Shrinks Tumors & Treatments

    During the past five years, McLeod has installed three TrueBeam linear accelerators offering patients in the region access to Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) and Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT). SRS is a non-surgical radiation therapy that treats cancerous tumors in the brain and spine.

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    This form of treatment allows the McLeod Radiation Oncology team to deliver precisely-targeted radiation with sub-millimeter accuracy in a fewer number of treatments offering patients more convenience and a better quality of life. When the team uses radiotherapy to treat tumors in areas of the body other than the brain and spine (lung, liver, adrenal gland, prostate); it is referred to as stereotactic body radiotherapy. These two forms of treatment, performed at McLeod, function differently from conventional radiation in that the intent involves delivering an ablative dose to overwhelm all of the abilities of a cancer cell to defend itself.

    Advantages of the TrueBeam linear accelerators include the degree of precision offered, the submillimeter accuracy which minimizes harm to healthy tissue and adjacent critical structures such as the spinal cord or lungs, and a platform that moves in six dimensions to position the patient in the best possible way for treatment. Featuring advanced imaging capabilities such as cone-beam CT, these linear accelerators also allow the team to conform the radiation dose to the tumor target, verify the location and shape of the tumor and make adjustments during treatment.

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  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) Targets Brain Cancer and Trigeminal Neuralgia

    When performing stereotactic radiosurgery to the brain, the team ensures extreme precision and accuracy with the TrueBeam STx linear accelerator. This linear accelerator features stereoscopic X-rays and frameless technology, which means the McLeod team delivers highly accurate single fraction treatment without the conventional, invasive frame applied to the patient’s head.

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    Precise patient set up, tumor targeting, and continuous tracking of patient movement is accomplished through image guided radiotherapy (IGRT). Additionally, this particular linear accelerator allows the McLeod Radiation Oncology team to improve treatment times for patients. The team can treat unlimited tumors in a patient’s brain in one 30 to 45-minute treatment session rather than 30 to 45 minutes per tumor.

    In addition to cancer, SRS can be used to treat benign conditions such Trigeminal Neuralgia, schwanomas, acoustic neuromas, and Arteriovenous Malformations (AVMs).

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  • Treating Cancer with Radiation Inside the Body

    Not all radiation therapy comes from a huge device pointed at the body. Another effective radiation technique is Brachytherapy, where small “seeds” of radioactive material are placed close to the tumor. Prostate, brain and head and neck cancer treatments can be treated with Brachytherapy.