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When should I be screened for breast cancer?
October 05, 2022

When should I be screened for breast cancer?

October is breast cancer awareness month.  Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, and it accounts for the second highest number of deaths from cancer in women.  According to the CDC,…

Prostate Cancer
September 29, 2022

Prostate Cancer

What is prostate cancer? Prostate cancer is a malignancy arising from the glands within the prostate itself.  The formal name is usually an adenocarcinoma.  There are others sometimes, but they are much…

Heart Sparing Radiation Techniques: A Comparison of Deep Inspiration Breath Hold (DIBH) and Prone
September 29, 2022

Heart Sparing Radiation Techniques: A Comparison of…

Historically, two primary OARs, or organs at risk, have been identified in the treatment of breast cancer, which are the lung and the heart.  Of these two organs, the heart is given higher priority for…

Let's Pack the Pantry!
September 28, 2022

Let's Pack the Pantry!

The Dr. Jeanne Shepherd Fund provides resources for patients receiving radiation treatment at Alliance Cancer Care.  We keep a pantry with food and personal care items to help patients in need, and it…

Human Resource Professional Day
September 26, 2022

Human Resource Professional Day

At Alliance Cancer Care, we L-O-V-E coming to work, and for that, we have to thank our exceptional team of leaders in Human Resources. First, we want to thank our Chief People Officer (CPO), Dr. Harry…

Endometrial Cancer
September 18, 2022

Endometrial Cancer

What is endometrial cancer? Endometrial cancer is the most common gynecologic cancer in women.  The endometrium is the layer of tissue lining the uterus, which is the organ where women carry babies. …

Androgen Deprivation Therapy: What Is It and When Is It Used?
September 06, 2022

Androgen Deprivation Therapy: What Is It and When Is…

What is Androgen Deprivation Therapy (ADT)?  Well, first things first, androgens are a class of steroid hormones the body makes naturally.  Androgens are made by the testicles or the ovaries, as well as…

What is ExacTrac and why does it matter for my SRS treatment?
August 31, 2022

What is ExacTrac and why does it matter for my SRS…

By Vince Ulizio, Medical Physicist at Alliance Cancer Care For high-dose radiation treatments called stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), one extremely important aspect of treatment is positional accuracy. …

Should I Be Screened for Prostate Cancer?
August 31, 2022

Should I Be Screened for Prostate Cancer?

September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.  Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men, and it accounts for the second highest number of deaths from cancer in men.  According…

Lelia's Story
August 30, 2022

Lelia's Story

Lelia Wilson had never heard of trigeminal neuralgia before she was diagnosed in 2004. Within months, the pain caused by the rare, chronic nerve condition was controlling her life. Trigeminal neuralgia…

National Medical Dosimetrist Day
August 16, 2022

National Medical Dosimetrist Day

August 16th, 2023 is National Medical Dosimetrist Day.  A medical dosimetrist is part of the radiation oncology team.  They work closely with your physician and the physics teams to create a treatment…

How We Use Secondary Imaging in Radiation Oncology
August 16, 2022

How We Use Secondary Imaging in Radiation Oncology

By Bart Lynch, Medical Physicist If it is recommended that you undergo radiation therapy, one of your next appointments is for CT simulation.  Most patients receive a computed tomography (CT) scan,…