• Radiation Oncology

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    Radiation is one of the primary treatments for many cancers, and is used to provide control of the tumor and relieve pain for nearly all types of cancers, either when they are first diagnosed or if they recur.

    Using the latest radiation oncology equipment, staff design the safest, most effective treatments to minimize the side effects of radiation. The Cancer Institute offers an extensive radioactive implant program, including prostate seed implant therapy, and continues to offer the newest radiation oncology treatment techniques:

    • Linear at FoxCare and Bassett Medical Center
    • 3D Computerized Treatment Planning 
    • Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) 
    • Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) 
    • Mammosite 
    • SpaceOAR hydrogel
    • Xofigo
    • Selective Internal Radiation Therapy
    • High Dose Rate Afterloading Brachytherapy 

    Bassett Medical Center is the first treatment center in central New York and one of the few institutions nationwide to offer SpaceOAR hydrogel, a pioneering new tool that protects prostate cancer patients from radiation therapy. The hydrogel shields rectal tissue from radiation exposure, reducing side effects during treatment.

    Bassett Cancer Institute is also the only one of a few facilities in the nation to offer Radium-223 (Xofigo) that targets bone metastases from prostate cancer. This therapy is an intravenous infusion used for castration resistant prostate cancer bone palliation. Xofigo reduces the number of times patients need to travel for treatment (one treatment per month for six months).

    Additionally, Bassett Cancer Institute is now offering Selective Internal Radiation Therapy (SIRT) with Yttrium-90 microspheres that target liver tumors.