Radiation Oncology

Northeast Georgia Medical Center offers cancer patients the latest technology and most advanced radiation therapy treatment options – now in four convenient locations:  Gainesville, Braselton, Toccoa and Barrow County. 

In addition to a group of expert physician specialists, NGMC also provides detailed, comprehensive care and follow-up involving:

  • Oncology certified nurses
  • Registered radiation therapists
  • Board certified physicists
  • Board certified medical dosimetrists
  • Case managers
  • Registered dieticians

Advanced Technology

TrueBeam linear accelerator: an advanced image-guided radiation therapy system that provides pinpoint accuracy and precision for treatment

Varian PerfectPitch 6 Degrees of Freedom Couch: used with the TrueBeam system, the 6DoF couch allows for two additional axes of rotation, making it possible to treat patients with an even higher degree of accuracy while reducing treatment margins

Advanced imaging technologies, including the Siemens wide bore CT scanner, which offers treatment planning for patients of all sizes, and 4D CT capability, which allows for video monitoring of tumor motion

Robotic surgery is available through the da Vinci Surgical System

Treatment Options

In addition to conventional 3D conformal therapy and electron beam therapy, we offer state-of-the-art treatment methods, including:

Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) & Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT)
  • Delivers a focused high dose of radiation to the tumor, allowing for fewer treatments than traditional radiation therapy
  • Targets small, well-defined tumors with extreme precision
  • Can be used as an alternative to surgery in some cases
  • Applicable for patients whose tumors are hard to reach, located close to vital organs or other critical areas, or subject to movement (for example, breathing)
  • Uses three-dimensional imaging, including MRI and vascular CT scans, during the treatment to locate and pinpoint the tumor for precise delivery of radiation
Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)
  • Enables physicians to pinpoint tumors with great accuracy
  • Provides ability to adjust the radiation beam to the tumor’s exact location
  • Spares healthy tissue
  • Applicable for some prostate, abdominal, lung, head and neck and brain tumors.
Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
  • An intense, controlled dose of radiation that allows treatment in sensitive areas
  • Delivers high doses of radiation in a very precise way
  • Spares more of the surrounding healthy tissue
  • Fewer side effects as compared to traditional external radiation therapy
Low-Dose Rate Brachytherapy (LDR)
  • Requires the radiation source to be permanently inserted into the patient
  • Delivers radiation slowly, over a few days, and is often performed as an outpatient procedure
  • Prostate seed implants are a common example of LDR; prostate seed implants are radioactive implants that treat prostate cancer with fewer side effects such as urinary incontinence and impotence.
  • Including treatments for malignancies of prostate, gynecologic, esophageal, bronchial and skin.
High-Dose Rate Brachytherapy (HDR)
  • Involves temporarily inserting the source of radiation directly at or very near a tumor site
  • Limits amount of healthy tissue exposed to radiation and radiates the site of the cancer
Deep Inspiration Breath-Hold 
  • Used alongside radiation therapy to limit radiation exposure to the heart and lungs
  • Treatment is delivered during short periods in which the patient holds his or her breath
  • Particularly useful in treatment of breast, thoracic or abdominal tumors
Respiratory Gated Therapy
  • Continuously monitors the movement of tumors during a patient’s normal breathing cycles
  • Ensures radiation is delivered only when the tumor is in exactly the right place 
  • Allows for treating smaller volumes to high doses, while also minimizing unnecessary exposure to normal, surrounding tissues
Optune Therapy for Glioblastoma
  • Creates low-intensity electric fields, called Tumor Treating Fields (TTFields), which help slow or stop glioblastoma cancer cells from dividing (and may also cause some of them to die)
  • Uses 4 adhesive patches, called transducer arrays, to deliver therapy 
  • These transducer arrays are applied to the scalp and are connected to the device and battery
  • Transducer arrays are strategically placed based on each patient’s MRI to maximize the effect of treatment on the tumor
Prostate Fiducial Marker Placement
  • Uses imaging guidance to place small metal objects called fiducial markers in or near a tumor in preparation for radiation therapy 
  • The markers help pinpoint the tumor’s location with greater accuracy, allowing for the maximum radiation dose to the tumor while sparing healthy tissue
Syed Interstitial Brachytherapy
  • Used to treat advanced gynecologic tumors
  • We are one of the few centers in the state that has the capability and expertise for this type of treatment 

In addition to the radiation therapy treatments above, NGMC also offers medical and surgical oncology, patient navigation services and access to national clinical trials. Click here for a list of current clinical trials offered at NGMC.