The Regional Cancer Care Center (RCCC) of Angola is very pleased to be celebrating ten years of sophisticated cancer treatment in Angola through a partnership between Cameron Memorial Community Hospital, Radiation Oncology Associates and the Parkview Comprehensive Cancer Center. “This has been such a valuable partnership,” said Glynda Harris, RCCC Director. “We have had the opportunity in the last ten years to touch so many lives right here in the tri-state area.”
A diagnosis of cancer can be overwhelming. However, the RCCC offers local cancer patients an experienced team of radiation and medical oncologists, radiation therapists, medical physicists and dosimetrists, nurses and other specialists to act as the patient’s partners in their fight against cancer.
The center, which is located on the Cameron Memorial Community Hospital campus, boasts a linear accelerator, a high-tech radiation therapy treatment device which delivers an external beam of radiation through the skin to the tumor. Approximately 40 to 60 percent of all cancer patients receive radiation therapy, often in combination with other forms of treatment such as chemotherapy, hormone therapy, biological response modifiers, or surgery.
Since the center opened in 2001, new therapies have been introduced including Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT). IMRT also uses the linear accelerator, but with the additional ability to shape the radiation beam for maximum dosing of the tumor and increased protection of the surrounding areas. This type of radiation therapy is especially useful for difficult-to-target areas such as the head and neck, lung and gastrointestinal tract, among others and is not offered in all cancer treatment centers. “IMRT provides many benefits that conventional therapy cannot,” said Harris. “It allows us to more accurately spare healthy tissues and organs from unnecessary radiation, reducing the risk of acute and chronic damage, and improving the patient’s quality of life.”
The Regional Cancer Care Center of Angola serves patients in northeastern Indiana, northwestern Ohio and southern Michigan. “We have been proud to serve our patients in the tri-state area over the past ten years,” said Harris. “Our dedicated staff and physicians will continue to help our patients defeat cancer.”