One of the most quickly evolving areas of medicine is radiation technology. The Chalmers Cancer Treatment Center provides access to this technology for those in need of screening or radiation treatment for noncancerous or cancerous tumors.
Chalmers is part of Hutchinson Regional Medical Center and located just southwest of the hospital.
Our team at Chalmers Cancer Treatment Center understands every patient’s needs are unique. We offer calculated treatment options to restore your health. If your treatment plan includes radiation, be assured that the team at the Chalmers Cancer Treatment Center will treat you like a member of our family, keeping you as comfortable as possible.
Today’s precision high-energy radiation treatments are more accurate and less damaging to surrounding tissue than ever before. Through precise, highly effective treatments, we are able to help reduce side effects and make your comfort a top priority.
We see and treat many different types of cancer. From our state-of-the-art technology to our highly certified staff, we are capable of managing your treatment plans from start to finish right here in Hutchinson, KS. Chalmers treats patients across the state of Kansas, leading the way with the latest cancer treatment advancements. Here are the top 5 cancers we see and treat here at Chalmers:
University of Kansas Health Center Department of Radiation Oncology
Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) — This form of conformal radiation therapy allows the intensity of the radiation beam to be varied across the treatment field, delivering higher radiation doses to target areas while sparing healthy tissue. Types of IMRT include:
Conformal Radiotherapy — Using a 24-slice CT simulator, we design a precise treatment plan by creating a three-dimensional model of the patient, tumor and surrounding normal structures. Multiple radiation beams are then positioned and customized exactly to the treatment area. Our CT scanner is one of only a few in Kansas capable of four-dimensional CT scanning. This added dimension in scanning provides important information on tumor movement during the normal respiratory cycle which enables our radiation oncologists to tailor margins around the tumor to account for movement.
I-131 Therapy — This treatment involves radioactive medicine taken orally and it is most commonly used for thyroid disorders.
Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) — This therapy uses imaging during radiation therapy to improve the precision and accuracy of treatment delivery. IGRT is used to treat tumors in areas of the body that move, such as the lungs. Radiation therapy machines are equipped with imaging technology to allow your doctor to image the tumor before and during treatment. By comparing these images to the reference images taken during simulation, the patient’s position and/or the radiation beams may be adjusted. As a result, we are able to more precisely target the radiation dose to the tumor. Some IGRT procedures may use fiducial markers, electromagnetic transponders or colored ink tattoos on the skin to help align and target the radiation equipment.