Aria Health's Department of Radiation Oncology
Renamed to Reflect Leading-Edge Radiosurgery
Aria's newly named Department of Radiation Oncology and Radiosurgery offers the latest radiation therapy services to patients in Northeast Philadelphia and Bucks County.
The Cancer Center at Aria Health, located at Aria's Torresdale Campus, expanded its radiation oncology services with the addition of Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) and Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) provided via the Trilogy delivery system in 2008. Since that time, Aria's oncology patients have experienced the benefits of both leading-edge treatments that deliver radiation therapy with pinpoint accuracy to destroy tumors while sparing healthy surrounding tissue.
In addition to accuracy, SRS and SBRT can effectively kill or reduce tumors in just a few treatments versus a standard course of radiation therapy delivered five days per week for up to eight weeks. With established success treating tumors in the brain and central nervous system, Aria's experienced radiation oncologists, who are on the faculty of Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, became among the first in the region to also use this breakthrough technology to target tumor sites in the chest and abdomen.
"The advent of SRS and SBRT has allowed us to provide faster,gentler radiation therapy that spares the rest of the body and can produce better outcomes for many patients," explained Scot Fisher, DO, Medical Director of Aria's Department of Radiation Oncology and Radiosurgery, Associate Clinical Director of the Jefferson Kimmel Cancer Center Network, and Director of Off-Campus Programs for the Department of Radiation Oncology of Jefferson Medical College. "The outcomes data and clinical benefits fully support SRS and SBRT becoming the standard of care for many patients requiring radiation therapy."
As a result of the proliferation of radiosurgery services at Aria Health, the decision was recently made to update the name of its Department of Radiation Oncology to the Department of Radiation Oncology and Radiosurgery. "Renaming our department allows us to more accurately reflect the type of radiation therapy modalities offered at Aria and the services that patients are requesting and expecting," said Dr. Fisher.
A member of the Jefferson Kimmel Cancer Center Network, Aria also participates in Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) clinical trials studying unique applications of radiosurgery to treat lung malignancies that have not responded to other interventions. "These clinical trials combine radiosurgery with molecularly targeted agents to improve the lives of patients," said Adam Dicker, MD PhD, Chairman, Department of Radiation Oncology at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. "The renaming of Aria's Radiation Oncology Department to reflect the addition of radiosurgery underscores their longstanding contribution to the field of radiation therapy."The Cancer Center at Aria Health provides a comprehensive range of high-quality patient care and support services. An interdisciplinary team of board-certified surgeons and surgical oncologists, radiation oncologists and medical oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, pain management specialists, certified cancer nurses and social workers treat both the physical and emotional sides of cancer in a comfortable setting.The Jefferson Kimmel Cancer Center offers patients at member hospitals, including Aria Health, the opportunity to participate in clinical trials utilizing state-of-the-science approaches to preventing, diagnosing and treating cancer. Physicians in the network take advantage of each other's consultative knowledge, and patients have a greater opportunity to benefit from innovative treatment options close to home.