Maury Regional Cancer Services
A diagnosis of cancer can be overwhelming for patients
and their families. Our Cancer Center team works
hand in hand with highly skilled oncologists on our
medical staff to develop an individualized treatment
program using radiation and chemotherapy. These
physicians have received training at renowned facilities,
including Stanford and Vanderbilt.
They are complemented
by the latest treatment technology, including PET scanning to detect and
monitor cancer, and IMRT to treat tumors with high levels of cancer-killing
radiation while sparing the surrounding healthy tissue. You
can be comforted knowing that the accreditation of the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons
stands behind the Cancer Center.
Radiation therapy treatments are delivered at Maury Regional Medical Center in Columbia or in Spring Hill at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center at Maury Regional Spring Hill, located at 1003 Reserve Boulevard. Chemotherapy is available at the Cancer Center at Columbia Mall.
Radiation therapy a form of
treatment used in the control of localized cancers. In this type of therapy,
carefully controlled doses of radiation are used to target and destroy cancer
cells. Typically, a patient will receive small doses several times a week for a
period of four to seven weeks. Therapy is usually conducted on an outpatient
basis in the Radiation Therapy Center on the medical center campus in Columbia
or the newest location, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center at Maury Regional Spring
Your team may elect to use intensity modulated radiation therapy
(IMRT) to treat the cancer with higher doses of radiation while sparing the
healthy surrounding tissue. IMRT may be used to treat patients with head and
neck, prostate, pancreatic and other cancers where precisely placed beams can be
used to deliver high doses of radiation without harming healthy tissue or organs
in close proximity.
Radiation Therapy Center also uses The Varian® On-Board Imager® (OBI). OBI makes
dynamic targeting image-guided radiation (IGRT) more efficient and convenient.
The system delivers improved tumor targeting using high resolution, low dose
digital imaging in the treatment room. OBI provides the tools to manage changes
in position caused by day-to-day set-up conditions as well as changes in
position during a patient’s treatment session because of normal respiratory and
organ motion. This enables physicians and staff to confidently manage patients
and target movement—both before and during treatments. OBI is the latest tool
added for radiation treatment of cancer and complements IMRT and
Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) is a form of radiation
therapy in which high doses of radiation are delivered using a very precise beam
during three to five treatment sessions. It is generally used for smaller,
inoperable lesions and metastases in the liver and lung. This treatment method
may eliminate the need for more invasive treatments and reduce treatment time.
Because this approach requires precise patient positioning and exact targeting
of the beam, the image guidance system uses CT scans to trace the target.
The Radiation Therapy Center also utilizes brachytherapy, which
attacks malignant tumors by placing a radioactive source within or adjacent to
cancerous tissue. This treatment allows a physician to use a higher total dose
of radiation to treat a smaller area in a shorter period of time than is
possible with external radiation. Depending upon the type of cancer,
brachytherapy may involve either the implanting of a permanent radioactive
in a temporary manner, in which a catheter is used to deliver radiation through
a series of treatments over a short period of time. This technology can be used
to treat breast, lung, esophageal, gynecologic, cervical and endometrial tumors.
In addition, the Radiation Therapy Center was
the first in the state to utilize the dose verification
system for the treatment of breast cancer and is accredited by the
Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.
At Maury Regional, you, your doctors and our staff work as
partners. On the first visit to our Radiation Therapy Center, the patient will
meet with the radiation oncologist, a medical physician who has undergone
specialized training in cancer treatment and the use of radiation as therapy.
During this visit, the physician will use state-of-the-art equipment to locate
the tumor and define the area to be treated. He will also determine the type of
treatment necessary and design a program that is best suited for each
Chemotherapy, or the use of
chemical agents to destroy cancer cells, is frequently used to attack cancer.
Depending on your case, your doctor and Maury Regional's medical oncologists may
utilize one or more chemical agents for your specific type of cancer.
After meeting with your oncologist to discuss your treatment plan,
your chemotherapy can be given to you at the Cancer Center at the Columbia Mall or
you may be admitted to the Oncology Unit for treatment.
What other information is available?
Your first and best source for answers is your doctor. For more
information and support, you can look into one of our support groups or visit the Cancer Resource
The American Cancer Society offers a
Cancer Resource Center at the Cancer Center at Columbia Mall to help patients
manage the many aspects of their care, including educational materials,
transportation, financial and insurance concerns and finding emotional support.
More information can be found on the web at the American Cancer Society's Web site (http://www.cancer.org).
You don't have to go through cancer alone. Maury Regional offers patients and their families support groups.
Commission on Cancer Report
Maury Regional Medical Center produces a site-specific report annually in accordance with the standards set by the Commission on Cancer. Below is a link to the most recent report:
2011 Lung Cancer Report
Community Outreach Report
2013 Cancer Screenings
Maury Regional Medical Center is a proud sponsor of CaringBridge, a Web-based tool that enables individuals to keep family and friends updated on the condition of their loved one. To create or visit a patient Web site, click on the CaringBridge logo below: