Radiation is the art of using therapeutic x-ray and high-energy particles to eradicate tumors and control certain growths. Our radiation treatment is on the cutting edge; utilizing innovations in science and technology to treat your unique cancer.
We treat all cancer sites in adults including skin cancer. We also treat some non-cancerous conditions such as keloids, bone/joints before or after orthopedic surgery, non-cancerous brain tumors, non-cancerous skin conditions.
Epic Care is accredited in Radiation Oncology and Diagnostic Radiology by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Our peers and regulatory organizations have recognized our commitment to cutting edge, patient-centric care with this certification.
At Epic Care, we offer:
IMRT uses advanced software to plan a precise dose of radiation, based on tumor size, shape and location. A computer-controlled device called a linear accelerator delivers radiation in sculpted doses that match the exact 3D geometrical shape of the tumor, including concave and complex shapes.
With IMRT, our radiation oncologist can adjust the intensity of radiation beams across the treatment area as needed with laser accuracy. This means we can deliver higher radiation doses than traditional radiation therapy methods, while minimizing exposure to healthy tissues.
Because of its greater degree of accuracy, IMRT may be a treatment option for patients who have reached the maximum allowable dose of conventional radiation therapy and have a recurrent tumor in the treated area.
Prostate brachytherapy involves placing devices containing radiation in the prostate gland close to the cancer cells. Procedures vary based on the type of radiation you will receive.
Temporary prostate brachytherapy involves placing radioactive wires in the prostate gland for several minutes before the wires are removed. Permanent prostate brachytherapy involves placing radioactive seeds in the prostate gland permanently, where they slowly release radiation.
The goal of prostate brachytherapy is to place the radiation close to the cancer cells, where the radiation can kill the cancer cells while causing less damage to healthy tissue nearby.
These radioactive sources emit internal radiation at a fast rate, so they can deliver a higher dose in a shorter amount of time. Thus the sources generally never stay in the body permanently. Instead, they dwell in a tumor temporarily, usually less than 10 minutes at a time. Patients will need repeated sessions, ranging from 3 to 10, depending on the type of cancer. The HDR source is housed in a little robot called a remote afterloader. During each treatment session, the source is precisely placed into the target area by this computer-controlled robot.The use of HDR sources is the most proven and reliable brachytherapy treatment for breast (accelerated partial breast irradiation), skin, gynecological, and certain prostate malignancies. It can also be used for many other cancers, including head and neck, esophagus, sarcoma, and lung. Epic Care is the first center in Contra Costa County to offer HDR brachytherapy. Our board-certified specialists are trained at one of the most renowned brachytherapy centers in the United States.