Over the last decade there have been tremendous technical advances in head and neck radiotherapy. Intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT), and adaptive radiotherapy are a few.
IMRT combined with IGRT allows for very precise delivery of radiation therapy to tumors while sparing normal structures. Adaptive radiotherapy is the process of varying the radiation intensity according to changes in tumor dimensions during treatment. The goal is to cure the patient while minimizing their side effects.
Head and neck radiotherapy is a highly complex and specialized field. SCCA patients are cared for by specialized radiation oncologists with clinical experience specifically in treating head and neck cancers using state-of-the-art technology in a patient-centered approach.
For us, every patient is unique and care is individualized according to his or her specific clinical situation.Unique to our program are the following:
Quality assurance components among the head and neck radiation oncologists that ensure a uniform quality of care and technical
expertise for all our patients.
- Specialized head and neck supportive care includes nursing, nutrition, speech pathology, lymphedema care, and specialized dental support with unique devices to minimize radiation toxicity.
- Internationally recognized cyclotron (fast neutron therapy) to treat rare salivary gland tumors.
Several clinical trials testing newer strategies in cancer care.
For complicated tumors involving vital structures, we
have highly specialized experience with integrated
approaches incorporating Gamma Knife radiosurgery.
SCCA and ProCure Treatment Centers Inc. broke ground in 2011 for a new proton therapy center in north Seattle that will provide a first-of-its-kind treatment option for cancer patients throughout the Northwest. Scheduled to open in March 2013 on the campus of Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, the 60,000-square-foot facility will be among only a handful of centers in the nation to offer proton therapy, an advanced form of radiation treatment and an important alternative to standard X-ray radiation for many types of cancer and some non-cancerous tumors.