The Aventura Comprehensive Cancer Center
The Aventura Comprehensive Cancer Center has been awarded accreditation by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer as an approved “Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program.”
We provide extensive outpatient services, including superior screening, diagnosis, treatment and education capabilities, as well as compassionate research-based care. We are dedicated to providing advanced medical treatment with compassionate care from the onset of diagnosis through post treatment.
About Radiation Therapy
In radiation therapy, beams of energy or radioactive particles are aimed directly at a tumor or place in the body that has been invaded by cancer. The technique is so effective in treating some types of cancer that more than half of all patients with cancer receive radiation treatments.
Radiation therapy kills cancer cells or keeps them from growing and spreading. Radiation therapists shield normal tissue from the radiation, and radiation oncologists select treatment schedules that spread radiation treatments over time to minimize damage to normal cells. Some normal cells may be damaged by the radiation, but unlike cancer cells, most normal cells recover.
When Radiation Is Used
More than half of all people with cancer are treated with some form of radiation therapy. Thousands of these people, whether they received radiation alone or in conjunction with other cancer therapies, are now living cancer free.
Radiation is often combined with chemotherapy, a systemic treatment that reaches all parts of the body through the bloodstream. Radiation can improve the outcomes of chemotherapy by providing another method of reducing tumor size. Chemotherapy can improve the outcome of radiation by sensitizing cancer cells to radiation effects.
When used before surgery, radiation can shrink a tumor and make it easier for the surgeon to remove.
Radiation can be used after surgery to stop any remaining cancer cells from growing, preventing the cancer from returning, or spreading to other parts of the body.
Unfortunately, cancer cannot always be stopped completely. For terminally ill patients, radiation therapy can improve quality of life by reducing tumor size, thereby reducing pain, pressure, and other cancer symptoms.
External Beam Radiation
External beam radiation therapy comes from a machine called a linear accelerator that aims radiation at your cancer. The linear accelerator does not touch you, but rotates around you, sending radiation to your body from many directions.
External beam radiation therapy is a local treatment meaning that the radiation is aimed only at a specific part of your body. For example, if you have lung cancer, you will get radiation to your chest only and not the rest of your body.
Treatment Services Provided:
Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) is high-precision radiotherapy that uses computer-controlled linear accelerators to provide specific radiation doses to a malignant tumor or areas within the tumor.
3-D conformal radiation therapy
Three-dimensional (3D) conformal radiation therapy is a technique where the beams of radiation used in treatment are shaped to match the tumor.
Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS)
Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) is a form of radiation therapy that focuses high-power energy on a small area of the body. Despite its name, radiosurgery is a treatment, not a surgical procedure. Incisions are not made on your body.
Stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT)
Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) uses advanced imaging techniques to deliver a targeted radiation dose to a tumor. The radiation is focused on the tumor with millimeter precision. The result is that less healthy tissue gets damaged by radiation. Preserving healthy tissue is important for cancer patients whose tumors are near or in essential organs.
Irreversible Electroporation (IRE)
Irreversible Electroporation—this technology uses electrical pulses to kill cancer cells. This procedure is completely different from chemotherapy because it does not result in producing temperature extremes (hot or cold) thus causing less damage to surrounding healthy tissues. IRE allows our doctors to locate and track the tumor at the time of treatment. With this technology, we can deliver precise radiation treatment to tumors that shift as a result of breathing and movement of the bladder and bowels.
Cancer Center Team
Our team of certified Therapists shares a passion and commitment to care for the needs of our cancer patients. They take great pride in delivering the best treatment technology has to offer while at the same time providing the compassion and care our patients need and deserve.
Physics and Dosimetry Team
Our certified Physicists and Dosimetrist are highly skilled in planning the radiation treatment for our cancer patients, in collaboration with our Radiation Oncology physicians.
Our Registered Nurse works closely with both the patient and the entire oncology team to ensure that the experience and care of our patients at the Cancer Center is very positive and fulfilling.
Our Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist works with our patients and physicians to help meet the very specific dietary and nutritional needs of a cancer patient to ensure the best quality of life is achieved while undergoing treatment and survival.
Our Psycho-Social Team is here to work with our patients and physicians to help with the psychological effects of cancer, and is also available to assist with other needs such as impact to family and finances. They also seek to create healing while restoring a psychological balance.
Our Certified Tumor Registrars play a very important role in maintaining our accreditation with the American College of Surgery Commission on Cancer. This work is essential in tracking and trending treatments and outcomes to help us continuously improve the quality of care we provide and ensure we remain current with the most advanced techniques and industry changes.