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

 

By Richard Pearlman, M.D., radiation oncologist at Alliance Cancer Care 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 sparing.  In 2013, Darby et al. published a landmark study […]

 

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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 is time to restock.  Here is your opportunity to help! Between October 10-25, bring in nonperishable food and/or personal care items our […]

 

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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 James McCarty III, for his leadership and care for each individual team member at Alliance Cancer Care.  His vision […]

 

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Endometrial Cancer

 

By Ashlyn Seeley Everett, M.D., radiation oncologist at Alliance Cancer Care, and Gabrielle Hawkins, M.D., obstetrician-gynecologist at Tennessee Valley Gynecologic Oncology 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.  The endometrium […]

 

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Site Spotlight: Crestwood Medical Pavilion

 

What do patients say about treatment at Crestwood? – “The absolute best care during treatments.  The nicest doctors, nurses, and therapists you could possibly hope to meet.” – “Kind, understanding, empathetic, smart, knowledgeable.  Highly recommend.” – “All the radiation staff were incredibly kind, uplifting, and flexible when needing to alter an appointment.” – “Great people […]

 

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What is ExacTrac and why does it matter for my SRS treatment?

 

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.  To safely deliver high-dose treatment, you must be in the exact position intended to hit the tumor and avoid normal tissues.  Our Alliance Cancer Care physicists and therapists run […]

 

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Site Spotlight: Clearview Cancer Institute

 

What do patients say about treatment at Alliance Cancer Center at CCI? – “This is truly the best medical care experience I have ever had, completely exceeding expectations.” – “All of the staff have been very supportive and compassionate.” – “The staff is incredible.  They are always friendly and keep you in an upbeat mood.” […]

 

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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, or treatment planning CT.  The images from the CT scan are then used for target identification, treatment planning, and dose calculation.  Depending on your […]

 

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National Medical Dosimetrist Day

 

August 17th 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 plan customized for your particular situation.  While you may never meet a dosimetrist, their role is critical in your treatment. What does a Medical […]

 

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What is a supplemental cancer policy?

 

A supplemental cancer policy is insurance separate from your health insurance.  It is meant to supplement your income to help with medical expenses not covered by your primary health insurance. These plans make payments in one of two ways. The first way pays directly to the provider for your medical expenses.  These payments are based […]

 

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