Clinical & Radiation Oncology at SKMCH&RC, Peshawar
The Department of Clinical and Radiation Oncology at SKMCH&RC, Peshawar uses the most precise and advanced method of external beam radiation therapy available including the Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) and Volumetric Arc Therapy (VMAT).
The team of Consultant Radiation Oncologists at SKMCH&RC, Peshawar treat various types of cancers according to subspecialties such as head and neck, prostate, breast, esophageal and colo-rectal cancers. These highly qualified health care professionals bring cutting-edge technology from across the world and innovative research and treatment methods to the people of Pakistan.
A team of medical physicists and dosimetrists, who are members of the clinical and radiation oncology team that has the knowledge to generate radiation doses, works closely with our Consultant Radiation Oncologists to optimize each patient’s individual treatment plan. Radiation fields and dose calculations are customized specifically for the type and extent of the disease under treatment. The strict weekly, monthly and annual quality control procedures are administered with the latest technology and equipment to ensure the safe delivery of radiation therapy.
Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy and Conformal Radiation Therapy:
The Department of Clinical and Radiation Oncology at SKMCH&RC, Peshawar uses Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) and Volumetric Arc Therapy (VMAT), which is a new type of IMRT, and the most precise and advanced method of external beam radiation therapy available today. It delivers doses of radiation with different intensity levels within 2mm square segments, which optimizes the radiation dose to the irregularly shaped tumors while minimizing the dose to surrounding structures, further reducing side effects. The smart beam IMRT/ VMAT method utilizes the most up-to date Varian version 15.6, 120-Multileaf Linear Accelerator. The Department of Clinical and Radiation Oncology also utilizes the Eclipse 3D Computer Planning System. During the treatment planning process, a series of CAT scan images are transferred into a computer to create a 3D image of the tumor. Various radiation beam approaches are then visualized so that the best plan, which targets the tumor with the highest dose of radiation, may be selected while sparing healthy tissue. The patient is not required to be present during the planning process, saving the patient’s time. The best chosen treatment plan is then selected and mapped out on the patient using a CT Simulator to treat various tumors.
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