The St. Francis Cancer Treatment Center is the largest medical facility offering comprehensive cancer care in greater Nebraska. Accredited through the American College of Surgeons, the center offers exceptional care with quality diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, and follow-up for patients with all types of cancer.
Radiation can be administered as part of an integrated treatment plan or as the primary form of treatment. The radiation oncology staff works closely with family physicians, surgeons, urologists, pathologists, radiologists, and medical oncologists to facilitate a multidisciplinary approach to each case—ensuring every patient received personalized, balanced care.
The radiation oncology department provides innovative treatment options close to home with a complete range of services and technologies including intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), high-dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy, image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT), and a linear accelerator with RapidArc® technology.
Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy
SBRT is a radiation therapy technique that delivers a high dose of radiation to a very precise area. This treatment method protects healthy tissues around the tumor and can be administered with fewer treatments over a shorter period of time. SBRT can be used to treat both primary and metastatic tumors, and it can also be used to treat areas that have been previously irradiated.
SBRT is useful in treating the following types of cancer:
- Early stage lung cancer, particularly when the patient is inoperable
- Metastases involving the brain, spine, and liver
- Bone metastases, particularly those involving the pelvis and spine
High-Dose Rate Brachytherapy
Brachytherapy is a radiation therapy technique that involves placing a radiation source internally to deliver a high, concentrated dose of radiation to a small area. This minimizes damage to healthy tissues and organs and shortens the treatment period. Treatment with this method is an outpatient procedure that affords patients greater comfort, fewer side effects, and faster recovery times. HDR brachytherapy can be used in conjunction with other treatment methods or as a stand-alone option.
HDR brachytherapy is useful in treating the following types of cancers:
- Lunch and esophageal cancers
- Gynecological cancers
- Early stage breast cancer
The department provides full radiation services on weekends for emergency cases. Appointments for consultations should be made through the patient’s primary care physician, or patients may call the Cancer Treatment Center Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 308.398.5450 or toll free at 800.998.2119.
Radiation Oncology Team
The radiation oncology team at the St. Francis Cancer Treatment Center has a combined total of more than 125 years of experience in radiation oncology, ensuring our patients receive only the highest quality of care.