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Bay Pines VA Healthcare System

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Radiation Oncology

In a new building our Service is providing treatments for prostate, breast, head / neck, and lung cancer / tumor types. The building is approximately 13,800 square feet with 2 linear accelerator (LINAC) vaults, 5 exam rooms, 8 offices, 1 CT simulation room, 1 treatment planning room, and a spacious waiting/reception area.

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Staff

  • Radiation Oncologist
  • Administrative Officer
  • Physicist
  • Chief (Supervisory) Therapist
  • Staff Therapists (3)
  • Nurses (2)
  • Biomed Specialist
  • Patient Support Clerks (2)

Equipment

  • Varian Trilogy linear accelerator - Radiation treatment machine
  • Phillips large-bore CT-scanner - Imaging machine, used to identify the tumor size and location

Technology

  • Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) is an advanced mode of high-precision radiotherapy that utilizes computer-controlled x-ray accelerators to deliver precise radiation doses to a malignant tumor or specific areas within a tumor. The radiation dose is designed to conform to the three-dimensional (3-D) shape of the tumor by modulating or controlling the intensity of the radiation beam to focus a higher radiation dose to the tumor while minimizing radiation exposure to surrounding tissues. Treatment is carefully planned by using 3-D computed tomography (CT) images of the patient in conjunction with computerized dose calculations to determine the dose intensity pattern that will best conform to the tumor shape. Because the ratio of normal tissue dose to tumor dose is reduced to a minimum with the IMRT approach, higher and more effective radiation doses can safely be delivered to tumors with fewer side effects when compared with conventional radiotherapy techniques. IMRT also has the potential to reduce treatment toxicity.
  • RapidArc radiotherapy technology is a major advance from Varian Medical Systems that improves dose conformity while significantly shortening treatment times. RapidArc delivers treatments two to eight times faster than other dynamic treatments and increases precision. RapidArc is a volumetric arc therapy that delivers a precisely sculpted 3D dose distribution with a single 360-degree rotation of the linear accelerator gantry. It is made possible by a treatment planning algorithm that simultaneously changes three parameters during treatment. This enables physicians to improve the standard of care and treat more patients.

Contact Info

Location

  • C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center
    BLDG 107

Contact Number(s)

  • 727-398-9545

Hours of Operation

  • 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.